Earlier this week Prevention magazine combed over Center for Disease Control statistics on obesity and heart disease to come up with a list of the “8 Most Artery-Clogging Cities in America.” Texas cities account for 25 percent of the short list: Lubbock ranks third and Dallas comes in at number five.
Lubbock was singled out for its 32 percent obesity rate, which was just one percentage point behind Detroit, Prevention’s number one offender. The magazine blamed the Panhandle city’s weight problem on “the preponderance of artery-clogging steakhouses and barbecue joints.”
So what, said one Lubbockite. “Our arteries are clogged, but our streets are not,” a commenter named Bryan wrote on KBCD.com. “Lubbock is the best place to live in America.”
Regarding Dallas, Prevention was more specific, noting that, on average, Big D residents eat fast food 20.7 times a month and spend too much time in their cars instead of walking or biking.
“And because studies show that unhealthy habits are contagious,” the article warns, “anybody moving to or spending time in these places should be extra careful to take care of their tickers.”
In that case, maybe everyone should move to Houston. On the Houston Chronicle ’s Hot Topics blog, Dean Betz proudly noted that the Bayou City didn’t make Prevention’s list, which gave Betz the opportunity to write the headline, “Magazine says people in Dallas are lazy and eat like pigs.”
Houston can also claim the dubious bragging right of being only number nine on Men’s Health most recent list of “America’s 10 Fattest (and Leanest) Cities.” (Guess which category Houston fell in.) That ranking was behind a few other Lone Star cities, including San Antonio (7th), Dallas (4th), El Paso (3rd), and Corpus Christi (1st).