Texas Is Getting Fatter. What About Potter & Randall County?
I'm a total sucker for studies. I swear, it doesn't even matter what the study is, I'm here for it.
Studies are an imperfect science, at times, and I think that's why I like them so much. It's just a "sample size" that they base the study off of, then turn it into an average.
So when I see a study, I usually dive in head first to look at it. It literally can be about anything. I LOVE seeing trends.
However, this isn't exactly a trend I'm all here for.
A recent study was done about obesity percentages in the U.S. and all 50 states. Texas, well, it didn't fare well in this one.
I mean, I can't judge because I'd be lying if I didn't say I fell right in line with what the study says, unfortunately.
So to give you some context, the study was to look at the change in obesity in all the states over a 10-year span. They took the numbers from 2012 and compared them to the numbers from 2022. They showed how much obesity had grown, or stayed the same.
I say stayed the same because there wasn't one state that came in as LESS obese than they were ten years ago.
Texas as a whole? Well, we are 5% more obese than we were in 2012. I blame good food and BBQ.
In all seriousness, it's a trend across the U.S. that obesity levels are trending up, and Texas only has nine states ahead of it that got heavier over the span of 10 years. What's contributing to it?
There are a lot of things. Bigger food portion sizes, less and less exercising, the list goes on and on. We can do a lot of different things to combat it, but we all have to be invested in wanting to take care of ourselves.
As for Potter and Randall county, how did we stack up against the state? The answer is not good. Randall County is stunning TEN percent more obese than it was a decade ago, while Potter County checked in at the state average of 5% more obese.
Let's work together so that when these rankings come out, we actually see our counties are getting healthier, not unhealthier. You can see the entire survey for every county in Texas here.