worst cities to lose weightIt's hard to bite into our negative calories sandwich while our colleagues at the next table are eating their Big Mac lavishly. No matter how strong our will power is, it's very hard to stay on the diet track if our surrounding displays the so called "fat eating".

It's handy to know which city is the worst place to lose weight in USA. And as a parameter of "worst place" I use the amount of fast food chains and the amount of fast food eaten by its inhabitants. Without further ado, here are the top three worst cities to lose weight in USA:



According to this source, Greenville in North Carolina is one of the cities which inhabitants treat fast food as life support. However in my opinion Greenville has the honor to be third worst city to lose weight in USA. Last year, 59$ of Greenville's fast food lover visited the fast food restaurants at least 12 times in a month. That equates to at least 3 times of fast food gobbling a week!

fast food illustrationsOklahoma City has the honor to be the second worst cities to lose weight in my opinion. According to Self magazine via about.com, Oklahoma is amongst the most unhealthiest cities in USA. Number of fast food chains, gym memberships and health care were the reasons why Self magazine gave that verdict.

According to CNN Money, 55% of Oklahoma City fast food fans also dine out in fast food chains at least 12 times in a month. Although this number is fewer than Greenville, but Oklahoma City entered the top ten list of the fast food loving cities for three times in 10 years. While in average, the inhabitants of Oklahoma City visit fast food joints for 21 times in a month. That's almost everyday!

Although both Oklahoma City and Greenville have already showed staggering amount of fast food addictions, the worst city to lose weight in my opinion is Dublin, California. According to Sprawl Magazine, Dublin has the most fast food restaurants in a mile compared to the rest of the cities. In that 32 km² city (Singapore in comparison has 704 km² area), you can literally walk past KFC, Wendy's, McDonalds, and Carl's Junior in 10 seconds. And just after the next corner you will meet Taco Bell and Burger King with their flashy banners.

And if you think Oklahoma City citizen who visit fast food joints 21 times in a month are considered fast food addicts, see how Dublin citizen can't live without fast food. Many of Dublin High's students find that without fast food, Dublin is as good as dead as there's nothing to do in the city except eating.

Fast food industries have also provided support for many of Dublin youth as many of them are working in fast food joints. This indicates a close relationship between fast food and the citizen there thus making it the hardest city to lose weight in USA. Chance is I will resort to fast food more often than I would normally do due to the easiness of grabbing fast food in Dublin. And there's no chance that they will disclose the exact calorie for each fast food dish. Although I practice the fast food 101, I doubt I will lose weight if I stay there for long time. And if I don't have nothing to do there, I will obviously watch the television which is a bad companion to diet.

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13 comments:

  1. shern's mom said...

    hard to admit that sometimes fast food is hard to resist. if i were to live in one of those cities you mentioned, i guess i'll be obese at the age of 3!

  2. James said...

    very amusing facts that i would not normally know. Good work on this blog dedicated to losing weight, i'm sure you will have lots of fans.

  3. Phillip said...

    Interesting fact. I can't imagine living in a small town which I picture to have more farm's food instead of fast food.

  4. Ellen said...

    Wow, there are people who go to fast food 21 times in a month!! I know I am not the unhealthiest person on earth then

  5. Enie said...

    After watching the movie "Supersize" me, I can't even stomach the idea of eating a Big Mac. And very few other fast foods hold any appeal for me. Fortunately Blue Beaver Beer is vitamin enriched and made from glacial run-off water, so it's very good for me.

  6. Scott said...

    whoooo weeeee, good thing I moved from Dublin/Pleasanton, California to Las Vegas this past November. It appears as though the move was both good on my wallet and on my waste.

  7. Sean said...

    I think some other foods also containing tons of calory besides fast food. eg. nasi lemak, satey at Malaysia not seems good enough to consump much in daily diet.

  8. Lady Rose said...

    HI Cherry! Just letting you know you WON for your vote of meringue cookies. I'll have your blog review with link up in a couple days. I'm making the cookies this afternoon and have the recipe up in a day or two. Congratulations! Health and Happiness, Lady Rose

  9. Cherry said...

    Thanks for the comments folks. It's hard to believe that people can stand to eat fries for more than 15 times in a month. Let alone 21 times!

    But I can imagine if I was to live in such small city like Dublin, CA. Obviously the easiest job available for student like me would be in the fast food counter.

    Sean, at least satay is grilled instead of fried with tons of saturated fat. I agree whole heartedly that nasi lemak use too much oil in their coconut sauce use to cook the rice.

    Thanks Lady Rose! I will be checking back there later. Can't wait for the recipe ;), meringue cookies are lovely but kind off hard to pull for me.

  10. Fa Sy said...

    Im lucky in a sense since im not too much into fastfood. For some reason, I dont like it at all. I can eat it once every 6 months, but thats about it

  11. Cherry said...

    Then you can consider yourself as a lucky person ;)

  12. George said...

    Nice entry in Daniel's project.

    I live in Houston,TX and it seems to make it in the top 10 every year for fatest cities. Actually, the last fatest city report I saw, listed 4 Texas cities. I guess everything is bigger here in Texas, including our bellies.

  13. Cherry said...

    Hi George,

    Thanks for dropping by. Yeah but at least Houston is pretty big. Dublin, CA is the worst place to lose weight in my opinion. And yeah it seems people in your country do not mind eating a lot of fast food :)



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