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Old 03-22-2012, 09:49 AM
 
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It directly effects anyone who has a health insurance plan. Obese people suffer diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes that require many doctor visits which in turn drives up healthcare insurance costs for everyone else.
I suppose that may be true on the face of it.
We should just legislate food so that we're all forced to eat soylent green.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:57 AM
 
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I blame barbacoa and Big Red. Also parents yelling "finish your tacos or you can't have another cookie!"
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:17 PM
 
Location: That's pretty obvious
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People also park as close as possible to entrances. Does it matter if you park a longer distance from the entrance?
I do park as close to the door as possible, but only because I want to minimize the risk of the kids getting run over by these crazy drivers doing 70 mph in the H-E-B parking lot. And gawd forbid if they stopped for pedestrians. Walking in the crosswalk. With a sign clearly posted that drivers must yield. Nope. Not in Texas. Not gonna happen.
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:50 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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And I park backwards into a parking spot at HEB or Wal Mart far from the entrance to avoid darters, children who run from the car to the front of the store. I am deeply terrified of running over someone when backing out.
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Darlington, SC
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For the answer why...

Look at our "Last Restaurant You Ate At" Thread.

That thread has more posts than many entire Forums on City-Data have.
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Restaurants mostly have far too large portion sizes and in some places
it takes some effort to select a meal wisely. This is turn has caused some
folks to lose their sense of what is a correct portion size.

The summer heat here has folks hibernating from that just as folks up
north hibernate from the cold in the winter. Not the most pleasant going
for walks on 100+ days.

Availability of snack food all over the place which contributes to between
meal snacking and an ever expanding waistline.

Gaining the weight is very easy and some would suggest even fun; however,
taking the weight off requires a lot of willpower and focused effort.

Many, if not most, events of a celebratory nature involve food and usually
too much food. I was witness to 4 young lads in the CBQ Eatery out in
Schertz consuming a huge quantity of food... the whole time providing
each other a play-by-play of their meal and then towards the end talking
about feeling naps coming on. I found it both amusing and sad at the same
time that these young men seemingly have no idea of the damage their
are doing to their bodies with such uncontrolled consumption.

Is the problem any worse in San Antonio that anywhere else? I really
cannot say however my own anecdotal evidence suggests there are
certain areas of the continent where one will find less obese people.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:09 PM
 
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I see a lot of very overweight people who have handicap stickers because they are so big.

Am I missing something here. They should be given some sort of sticker that says they should only be allowed to park the furthest away from the building.




I agree that San Antonio is spread out, but take a look at some of the cities that are on top of the fittest list:


Albuquerque: Very spread out. Are they fat? No.
Austin: Spread out. Are they Fat? No
Colorado Springs: Spread Out. Are they Fat? No

These are just to list a few. I do believe that being spread out and driving everywhere is not a valid point and is just an excuse.

"Its damn hot outside"

Every heard of a gym. They do have air conditioning you know.


"The predominant food here is bad for you"

I can agree with that one though. It has to do with culture.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Is the problem any worse in San Antonio that anywhere else? I really cannot say however my own anecdotal evidence suggests there are certain areas of the continent where one will find less obese people.
Gallup can and did say: U.S. City Wellbeing Tracking

You can compare San Antonio's obesity percentage to that of many other metro areas there.
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Old 03-23-2012, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Just Inside Loop 410
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when a city has a "tamale festival" that says it all. and dont forget barbacoa tacos and big red on sundays
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:11 AM
 
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Possible reasons why SA is overweight

1. Very inexpensive to live here, which translates to more disposable income, which translates to eating out more

2. Healthy eating usually but not always involves people who are knowledgeable/educated about such things and who have an income to support such a lifestyle, generally speaking. SA lacks this demographic in SIZE.

3. TexMex is king here.

4. There are a lack of things to do here comparable to other large cities of similar size, thus eating is the thing to do here.
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