Yesterday my blog post kind of sucked but today I actually have something to write about.
Today on Sfgate.com I read an article about the 10 best and worst cities to attempt to lose weight in. Good news for us – San Francisco is apparently THE BEST place in the United States to attempt to lose weight!
The Worst? Las Vegas Nevada.
I can see more than a few reasons for this.
San Francisco has a really mild climate – it’s “cold” and foggy a lot but really our day time temperatures don’t fluctuate by more than 20-30 degrees year round. We also have a crazy number of gyms, outdoor activities and healthy restaurants to choose from.
Las Vegas gets snow in the winter AND routinely faces temperatures in the triple digits. Nevada also allows smoking indoors and we all know how fantastic that is for you.
What is really interesting about these lists is the median price per square foot of living space is 3-4 times higher in the healthy cities than in the unhealthy cities.
San Francisco’s median price per square foot is $459 – the highest on the list. Las Vegas comes in at a shocking $70 per square foot and it is the lowest on the list.
According to Men’s Health Magazine 30.6% of San Franciscans eat veggies 5+ times a day. Today I’ve eaten four servings of fruit/ veggies and I haven’t had dinner yet so that number doesn’t seem unreasonably high.
It makes me sad when numbers come out like this highlighting the class discrepancy between the healthy and the overweight. Yes, there are plenty of well educated, well paid overweight people and plenty of thin people living in impoverished neighborhoods BUT percentages don’t lie.
You are far more likely to be overweight if you have a lower income for a variety of reasons that we can go into in future blogs. In the meantime – if you live in the Bay Area take advantage and get outside!