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
Posted by Dave Philipps at 7:30 AM