Texans Gaining Girth

State 12th on obesity list, up from 16

By Bruce Felps
|  Thursday, Jul 7, 2011  |  Updated 5:45 PM CDT
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Carrollton Joins Battle of the Bulge

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Carrollton Joins Battle of the Bulge

Texas is the 12th most obese state according a new study, but leaders in Carrollton want to do something about the weighty problem.
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by Bruce Felps

Well we are just a bunch of little pudgies, aren’t we?

Probably should make that big pudgies.

Texas now ranks as the 12th most obese state in the Union. More than 30 percent — 30.1 percent to split thick hairs — of us, meaning adults, waddle into the obese category as defined by a body mass index of 30 or higher.

That ranking comes courtesy of the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in their report titled “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011,” which used statistics recorded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Those statistics — and lest we forget, stats are like bikinis in that they show a lot but not everything — have Texans porking on the pounds at a “significant rate of increase” for two consecutive years.

In fact, The Lone Star State was ranked No. 16 back in 1995, and that is one chart we don’t need to be climbing with a bullet.

The report contains a vast array of categories, subcategories, stats by ethnicities, and so on, but boils it all down to we — starting with yours truly — need to push away from the table and get outside and do something other than eat nutritionally crappy food because, no, it ain't the jeans that make your butt look fat, it's your butt.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. Seriously, he’s just about reverted to infant lifestyle — eat, drink, poop, sleep, repeat.

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