By Arnold Wayne Jones

Is Dallas too fat? It is if you ask Men’s Fitness.

For the 10th consecutive year, the exercise magazine has ranked the fittest and the fattest and once again, Dallas made the list of porkiest.

Remarkably or shall we say, sadly the survey (which measures the exercise and health patterns of 50 U.S. cities) listed six sites from Texas among the bottom rungs: Arlington (no. 2), San Antonio (no. 3), Fort Worth (no. 4) and Houston (no. 10), with Dallas clocking in at no. 6. That’s worse than last year’s survey, when Dallas was no. 7 and Houston was no. 6. Fort Worth and Arlington were new to the list. (Las Vegas was, once again, no. 1.)

The healthiest populations are from all over: Colorado Springs (where many skiers and military men call home) was declared fittest (up from no. 3 last year), followed by Minneapolis; Albuquerque; Denver; Portland, Ore., Virginia Beach; Seattle; Honolulu; San Francisco; and Milwaukee. No Texas locales were among the tops not that there were many left (did Austin even figure?).

But even if the Metroplex as a whole fared miserably, some locals have something to crow about.

Men’s Fitness also ranked the 15 fittest companies in America, and Dallas’ Sabre Holdings the airline reservation service made the list (compiled alphabetically, not in order). Too bad if they celebrate, they might fall off the list and join the rest of us couch potatoes.

Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice Body & Fitness print edition February 15, 2008

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