Congratulations, Dallas: You're Now Only Slightly Lazier than Houston

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Patrick Michels
There needs to be much more of this if Dallas wants to out-fit Houston
Every year, the American College of Sports Medicine ranks the 50 largest U.S. cities by fitness levels, and every year we are disappointed, if not particularly surprised, to learn that Dallas ranks near the bottom.

There are a number of reasons why ACSM deems Dallas is unfit. We do poorly when it comes to fat people and smokers, which we have too many of, as well as rec centers, bike commuters, and swimming pools, which we have too few of. Among the other, somewhat arbitrary, criteria the organization considers: farmers markets, primary care doctors, dog parks, public transit use, diabetes rates, and golf courses.

That last one actually bodes well for Dallas' future fitness, since we're building a course in the Trinity Forest.

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But the 2013 report actually contains a nugget of good news: we're getting fitter. Dallas climbed three spots over last year, coming in at No. 44. Even better, we're closing the gap with Houston, which is No. 43.

So give us a few months to build the golf course, then bring on the Hunger Games. It'll be on.



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roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

It is too damn hot to exercise in the summer and most people don't want to pay for the privilege of working out indoors.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Mexicans are fat and lazy.  

Think that's funny?

Why is it people think its okay to come up with goofy theories to call us fat and lazy?

HAAHAAAHHAAAHHAA!

yeah right.  ok.  

so what do we do with that?

and what do we call people who express a bias due to point of origin?

and women have smaller brains.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Being from a city back East where one would be a  fool to drive, people are forced to walk and thus stay thin, I can honestly say that obese Texans got that way from driving everywhere they go.  GET OUT AND WALK!

BO105
BO105

People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

we should get up and do something about this. maybe tomorrow.

Steve Hunter
Steve Hunter

Cars. We drive everywhere. I walk everywhere and I'm pretty much on my own 98% of the time

Jacob Brinlee
Jacob Brinlee

That just means every grandma in the world views us as "healthy". Only people that will feed a 200lb 13 year old more pie because they are a "growing boy".

Whitney Ford
Whitney Ford

Probably because you have to drive everywhere if you dont live and work right off the dart line.

rrsull
rrsull

These polls must be tongue-in-cheek, fodder for the features dept., because there is no way Dallas is fatter and lazier than Choke City. I lived in that hell hole for 20 years -- it's incredible what punishment some people will put themselves through in order to pursue a professional career -- and I'm telling you, Choke City has the dumbest and laziest people in the country, at least as far as my experiences go. I am from the East Coast, so I don't care who is better, who wins, etc., in texass, because the whole state sux.

So, as an objective observer, there is no question that Dallas stands far above anything this God-awful state can produce, but Houston, the Choke City that it is, absolutely sux with its fat, white rednecks who can't speak English, its highway system/infrastructure, which is an invitation to promote vehicle accidents, and its stupid drivers, who will apply their brakes driving 60 mph just so they can let in a vehicle entering the freeway using an onramp.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz One look at the map will indicate it has little to do with driving.  Denver is ranked as the 5th fittest city and they drive everywhere.  Lots of Fat back east too.  Although, your advice is sound, getting out and walking couldn't hurt!

Daniel
Daniel

@BO105 Especially when, like my cousin's wife's brother, they can make $4400 a week working part-time from home. 

Daniel
Daniel

@rrsull  Choke City sounds like the name of an adult video/peepshow emporium. 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@rrsull  

Thank you for your comments.  Multiple flights away from Texas are available at most airports within the state.  May we call you a cab?

TheCrusher
TheCrusher

@rrsull It's not like the Texas border is sealed...If you hate Texas so much, you can get your ass back to wherever you think is better at any time. 

_mm_
_mm_

@rrsull  "The whole state sux.  So, as an objective observer..."

doublecheese
doublecheese

@RTGolden1 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Maybe, but fit people move to Denver to do ourdoorsy things, and stay fit doing them.  So they are quite a bit different than other cities.  Take away the mountains and great weather, and fit people wouldn't move there, and everyone else would be just as fat from driving everywhere with nothing else to do.

rrsull
rrsull

@Daniel   The Houston Chronicle came up with the name for its own sports teams because of the amazing number of choke jobs Houston pro and college teams gagged up. Anywhere from the Lastros, to the Oilers, Rockets, Cougar High, aka Univ. of Houston, etc.

rrsull
rrsull

@TheCrusher    Yee-haws in Choke City hate Dallas; people in Dallas are indifferent to Choke City. I don't care either way. No hate, just stating the facts from objective observations.

If the scoreboard hurts too much, do something about it.

FEDUP
FEDUP

@_mm_ @rrsull Never underestimate the benefits to us TEXAN'S, while considering your own suicide, just please do it in a prompt manner.


RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@doublecheese @RTGolden1 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz With the cost of living in Denver and in Colorado in general, I would assume that the majority of the people who move to Denver, do so for a job, and a good one, and not just for the ability to do outdoorsy things.  Some fit people even grew up in Colorado.  Imagine that!

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Well, you can a lot of food as long as you're burning up the calories.  Being sedentary is asking for big trouble.

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