In this interesting article on Forbes.com is a compilation of America’s top 20 sedentary cities. Before reading the article, I had assumed that by sedentary, the article would mean a laid-back attitude. Rather, the data points are percentage of population that is overweight or obese, number of hours spent in front of the idiot box and percentage of population that doesn’t exercise regularly.
It’s no secret that Americans have grown accustomed to a lifestyle of convenience where cheap 700 calorie cheeseburgers are only a 10-minute drive away.
But this way of life is literally killing us.
That’s because it’s eating habits like this that contribute to our ill health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity is associated with 112,000 deaths each year in the U.S., and contributes to an increased risk of contracting chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
What’s also to blame? Lack of exercise and sloth.
Memphis tops the list, followed by New Orleans, Las Vegas and Detroit. Philly comes last on the 20-item list. A perusal through the statistics reveals that in all of these cities close to 60% of the population is overweight or obese, and they spend 30+ hours per week in front of the TV.
P.S.: I’m planning to analyse this data further based on social and economic statistics. However, looking at what happened to Dr. James Watson, I wonder if I will reveal the findings, if any.
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