It’s no secret that obesity is one of the most pressing health concerns in the United States. Paradoxically, healthy eating is very trendy right now and there is a lot of talk about diets and what’s good for your health and what’s not. Despite this trend that has been going on for years now, obesity is on the rise, even among children, which is particularly worrying.
While America as a whole is one chubby nation, according to statistics, some cities seem to be more so than the others. The list that follows is not ranked, but it does represent U.S. cities that have the highest percentage of obese people.
Houston is one of the largest cities in the United States, and one with the largest residents as well. A trip to the biggest city in the state of Texas reveals that Houstonites definitely have a weight problem. Not all of them, of course, but a very large percentage, that’s for sure.
It’s unclear what the reason behind Houston’s obesity is. According to some researchers, it might be the city’s climate. Houston is a hot city, with over 100 days of temperatures of 90° or higher. As we all know, hot weather is not exactly ideal for working out, or going outside for that matter. And physical activity is one of the top factors in weight loss and in maintaining a healthy figure.
Also, most Houstonites drive to work or do their errands by car, instead of using public transportation, which is understandable, because the system is inefficient and inadequate. Maybe the city needs better air conditioned gyms?