Don't blame heat for not staying fit

September 3, 2010
by Bill Cullins
San Angelo Standard-Times


SAN ANGELO, Texas — Have you ever thought about the impact that weather has on fitness? Is it just a coincidence that the Southern states have higher obesity rates, or is there a direct relationship between warm climates and lower levels of fitness?

Recently published data indicate that states in the South and Southeast have the highest percentages of obesity, with Mississippi topping the list at 33.8 percent. Texas isn’t far from the top on the “bad” list — our state is ranked 13th with 29 percent obese. More importantly, we moved 1.1 percent in the wrong direction during the past year.


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