The obesity epidemic is all around us, and the state of Texas understands the fight all too well. Texas has remained consistently in the top 15 obese states in the US. Though sometimes it may seem that obesity is a battle being fought only on a global scale, the same global battles are being fought in smaller and smaller communities.
Tarrant County, home to Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas, is home to more than 2.5 million people. When data collected by Dietspotlight, from men and women living in Tarrant County, was processed, a clear look into the obesity fight, on a local scale, was revealed.
Men living in Tarrant County weigh about 223 pounds. The average body mass index (BMI) is 32.3.
Women weigh in around 191 pounds with a BMI of 32.4.
According to the National Institutes of Health, a healthy BMI range is 18.5 to 24.9. Any number over 30 is considered obese.
When we take a closer look at how Tarrant fairs against the state of Texas, and the nation as a whole, we see very similar numbers. A Tarrant County resident, on average, needs to lose about 60.5 pounds. That’s “2% lower than the state average of 62 pounds and 3% higher than the country average of 59 pounds,” according to Dietspotlight.
Dietspotlight is a website packed with tools and resources for men and women searching for weight-loss help via meal replacements, workout programs, fat burners, trendy diets, and more. Personal data was collected anonymously and voluntarily and included height, weight, and location.
All research shared on the website is reviewed and validated by a team of medical and nutrition professionals from across the US.