Your Overweight City/Where You Live

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    May 10, 2009 3:09 PM GMT
    Sometimes I look at the people walking along the sidewalk, or on a bus/subway and there are SO MANY seriously out of shape and overweight people.

    And sometimes it seem there are more out of shape women than men.

    And NYC is in the middle of "Urban Bear" weekend.......lots of sexy daddy types etc.........but come on......sometimes overweight is simply just that.

    How do you think your city ranks?
  • calibro

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    May 10, 2009 3:55 PM GMT
    Austin is really in shape, but it's an anomaly in Texas. From my travels, Houston has it bad.
  • Bunjamon

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    May 10, 2009 3:59 PM GMT
    Montreal is super heathy. The people here are gorgeous, and everyone seems to dress impeccably well.
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    May 10, 2009 4:01 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidMontreal is super heathy. The people here are gorgeous, and everyone seems to dress impeccably well.


    except for the Americans who live there icon_razz.gif
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    May 10, 2009 4:06 PM GMT
    Denver's generally lean ... but I read a statistic someplace that even the Mile High City is fattening up a bit.

    I'm in Atlanta right now and it definitely seems a little heavier.
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    May 10, 2009 4:07 PM GMT
    calibro saidAustin is really in shape, but it's an anomaly in Texas. From my travels, Houston has it bad.

    Houston is a place of extremes, in this as in most other respects. You will find a major demographic that loves its beer and burgers and isn't ashamed to show it. You'll also find a big yuppie demographic that is dedicated about their diet and exercise and loves to show it.
    Houstonians who care about their fitness care intensely. Some of the results you see around town can be pretty spectacular.
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    May 10, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
    KissingPro saidSometimes I look at the people walking along the sidewalk, or on a bus/subway and there are SO MANY seriously out of shape and overweight people.

    And sometimes it seem there are more out of shape women than men.

    And NYC is in the middle of "Urban Bear" weekend.......lots of sexy daddy types etc.........but come on......sometimes overweight is simply just that.

    How do you think your city ranks?


    Urban Bear weekend?. What da hell is that? I live in NYC and have never heard of any such thing.
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    May 10, 2009 4:19 PM GMT
    Well, a few years ago, Men's Fitness ranked Jacksonville #12 on its Fittest Cities list.

    But recently, Forbes ranked Jacksonville #9 on its Fattest List.

    So go figure.

    Based on what I've seen. . . I'd say Forbes is right. The vast majority of the people I see on the street, in the mall, at the movies, etc, are overweight. Many are way way overweight. That's most of the men and nearly all the women. I hardly ever see a slim, fit woman anymore.

    The only place I see healthy-looking people is at the gym and the beach. (Not that everyone at the beach is in shape, but you'll find a higher proportion of healthy people there.) Most are guys in their twenties.

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    May 10, 2009 4:19 PM GMT
    New Orleans' women are fat and disgusting as a whole. Maybe that is why I'm gay. The men for the most part are in much better shape.icon_wink.gif
  • ShawnTX

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    May 10, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    I've never seen so many seriously overweight people in one place before moving to Houston. People in great shape are rare here. Exact opposite of Toronto.
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    May 10, 2009 4:25 PM GMT
    and i have to say that I see a lot of obese people in Atlanta.

    Coming from Germany, I was not used to the huge portions that they serve here. In the beginning I was already full after half of the meal. but after a couple of months I'm already used to it. And in the cafeteria they mainly serve fast food and chains like MacDonald's are everywhere on campus! I've never seen this in Germany. No wonder that people get obese, especially when they get older and don't have the time to go to the gym anymore.
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    May 10, 2009 7:37 PM GMT
    Houston is the heart attack capital of the U.S.
    Dallas is the stroke capital of the U.S.
    Dallas County has the highest HIV infection rate in Texas.

    It's caused by a culture of excess, arrogant ignorance, me,me,me,I,I,I, and a political correctness / non-confrontational view at all costs, coupled with low literacy, and, on top of that, deep penetration of false belief systems that prey upon that low literacy. Instead of saving lives and telling fat asses they aren't acceptable, we're letting them die in droves.

    We have kids in the neighborhood that are morbidly obese. Their parents need a spanking.

    We spend millions on The War on Drugs, which is stupid because very few folks die from illicit drug use, and countless lives are ruined in that quest. MILLIONS are dieing, NEEDLESSLY, and causing health care costs to SOAR because of our complacency about fat asses. It's WRONG.

    People here are pigs, in many ways. They're filthy, throwing trash everywhere. They're inconsiderate. They are animated. Millions are fat as hell, and smoke, too.
  • baldone

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    May 10, 2009 7:41 PM GMT
    cleveland....not so good
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    May 10, 2009 7:43 PM GMT
    Cincinnati routinely features on any and every 'unhealthy' list - from obesity, air pollution, etc. There are plenty of fit people here - we have a vibrant runner's community, more gyms than you can care to join, lots of sporting leagues, etc. But were you to visit or attend any large gathering, the majority are either slightly overweight and/or unshapely or obese to morbidly obese. It's sad.

    I had a rare night out at the gay bars and clubs a couple of weeks ago and was shocked to discover how many young gay men seemed to have abandoned the gay stereotype of being fit/vain/body conscious.
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    May 10, 2009 7:46 PM GMT
    I'm in killa kali, where da food is really bad lol...lots of fat folk here! i believe its depression tho, which leads to emotional eating.icon_eek.gif
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    May 10, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
    Ottawa is full of government employees so the yuppies are all fit as a fiddle while the 35+ have more rolls than an industrial bakery. I guess it's the years of working as civil servants, one day the light switch goes off and granola no longer satiates their hunger as the yuppie food gives way to tim hortons cream filled doughnuts.
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    May 10, 2009 8:10 PM GMT
    Hartford, CT -- yeah, its kinda bad. Of course there are a few exceptions icon_lol.gif but it could be a lot better.
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    May 10, 2009 8:16 PM GMT
    Miami Beach (not Miami) is supposed to have one of the better ratios in the whole country of really in-shape people. We spend half of our time without clothes on, so it's kind of a must lol
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    May 10, 2009 8:20 PM GMT
    juishe saidMiami Beach (not Miami) is supposed to have one of the better ratios in the whole country of really in-shape people. We spend half of our time without clothes on, so it's kind of a must lol


    Yeah - it's important that Juishe distinguishes, because the rest of South Florida is a real grab bag icon_sad.gif Red Vespa, I'm waiting for you to throw your two cents in!
  • DrewT

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    May 10, 2009 9:31 PM GMT
    Albuquerque is ranking #5 for Men's Fitness. I don't see tons of overweight people, but there are some here and there. Here it seems to be mostly older women and men.
  • Rookz

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    May 10, 2009 9:38 PM GMT
    Ooohh, Oakland, CA. ranked as #6 as one of the healthiest.

    ...

    I don't buy it.

    Then again - dodging bullets, taking an alternate walk route for the drug dealers are on your side of the street and running away from the cops with your pants half-way down your legs - does require intensive cardio.
  • SFGeoNinja

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    May 10, 2009 9:43 PM GMT
    Wealthier areas tend to have more in-shape people wherever you go, because if you're in a poor area there will be fewer gyms, parks, groceries, health-food stores...etc.

    In Seattle, the city is generally really healthy but some of the outer suburbs you start to see people who are closer to the national average of overweight.
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    May 10, 2009 10:03 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidMontreal is super heathy. The people here are gorgeous, and everyone seems to dress impeccably well.


    You're absolutely right. I remember my first visit there. I was amazed by how the "average" in Montreal was soooo much better than in Toronto. And it takes a little work to figure out if a guy is gay, because the "average" Montrealer is pretty metero. I dated a Montrealer once and he joked that the reason Quebecers are so hot is because France sent all their prostitutes to the new world. I doubt there is any truth to that, but they sure do take pride in their appearance.

    I think the situation in Toronto is probably the same as any other major city. People who live in the downtown core tend to walk or cycle everywhere and are generally in decent shape. The further you get from the core, the wider the waistlines get.
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    May 10, 2009 10:16 PM GMT
    juishe saidMiami Beach (not Miami) is supposed to have one of the better ratios in the whole country of really in-shape people. We spend half of our time without clothes on, so it's kind of a must lol

    Yes, not Miami, which is a US overweight hot-spot.

    I remember at the time John F. Kennedy became President in 1961, he made childhood fitness a national issue, because the first negative effects of the new TV-generation, with post-war luxuries and a junk food diet, were becoming evident. School exercise programs were taken more seriously, and even adults started looking at fitness for the first time, eventually leading to the jogging craze, health clubs & gyms for ordinary people rather than just athletes, and a whole new way of looking at exercise & diet from a health perspective.

    But somewhere along the way we screwed up again, maybe our fast foods, I dunno. And so I wonder if another Presidential call is needed. We have a new charismatic President, though not as much as Kennedy was, and times are different.

    What do you think? Is this something we can do as a nation, if Obama makes this a high priority, as Kennedy once did? Or are those times past?
  • Medic911

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    May 10, 2009 10:44 PM GMT
    Lake County, Forida tops the list.

    Ever been to Wal-Mart at 3am? Those same kind of people live HERE... only it's like 24/7/365.

    They don't walk down the street, instead they drive 30 in a 55.

    Doesn't help that the gay geography is about 1 for every 50 square miles.