Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Colorado: square state, skinny waist-line

Go ahead, have a Twinkie... then go mountain biking.
The Associated Press published the annual federal study on obesity yesterday, ranking states by what percentage of the population is overweight, and Colorado came in thinnest.... again!

In our fair and mountainous state, 16.9 percent of adults are obese, basically unchanged from last year. 31 states registered an increase in obesity. Only one, Nevada, noted a decrease. Hot weather? Skimpy showgirl/stripper costumes?

So how do we do it? How does Colorado stay so thin? A couple reasons come to mind: one, it's always nice out -- no reason to sit inside. Two, there's (at least for the time being) plenty of space for biking, climbing, running, etc. Three, critical mass. When exercise is part of the dominant culture, it is contagious (like rudeness, or corruption), so people who might sit around at the bowling lane in Gary, Indiana, move to Colorado Springs, and all the sudden they find themselves going to the weekly 5k fun beer run at Jack Quinns pub. I was there last night, so were over 200 other people. We all ran like crazy through downtown Colorado Springs then sat around drinking local microbrew.

Of course, these are just guesses. Have another suggestion? Comment below


brian said...

I think Colorado has an awesome environment that people love to explore and enjoy outdoor activities that gives them exercise enough to make them fit and healthy. That is why I'm looking forward to living in Colorado and have a healthy and fit living. Thanks for sharing and more power.

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Anonymous said...

Dude, if you are going to live there, you are doing all right! See you on the trails. /Dena