2009 Fattest Cities: #3 San Antonio, TX

  • Fitness Centers & Sport Stores: C
  • Nutrition: F+
  • Sports Participation: D+
  • TV Viewing: F+
  • Overweight/Sedentary: D
  • Junk Food: B+
  • Air Quality: F+
  • Geography: C-
  • Commute: C+
  • Parks & Open Space: F
  • City Rec Facilities: F+
  • Access to Healthcare: B
  • Motivation: C-
  • Mayor & City Initiatives: C-
  • State Obesity Initiatives: B
  • What's Good
    The CDC says 53 percent of adults here get either 30 minutes of moderate exercise five or more days a week or 20 minutes of vigorous exercise three or more times per week. In the average city in our survey, 49.6 percent of adults exercise at these levels.

    Texas has "snack tax" laws aimed at reducing obesity and improving nutrition.

    Texas is one of 28 states that participate in a CDC-sponsored program to reduce obesity and other chronic diseases.

    There are fewer junk-food places here per capita than average for cities in our survey.

    San Antonio residents skateboard a lot more than average - 133 percent more than average, in fact. That's the highest percentage in our survey.

    5 percent of San Antonio residents practice martial arts, the 3rd highest participation rate in our survey.

    Locals in San Antonio are 81 percent more likely than average to go trail-running - the 3rd highest rate in our survey.

    San Antonio residents are 57 percent more likely than average to play soccer - the 3rd highest rate in our survey.

    San Antonio residents are fanatics about fitness swimming - they do it about 27 percent more than average, the 3rd highest overall participation rate among cities in our survey.

    What's Not
    Texas state law limits or prohibits obesity-related lawsuits against food manufacturers and restaurants.

    According to the CDC, 28 percent of residents in the San Antonio area are clinically obese. The national average is 25.19 percent.

    According to Nielsen Media Research, TV viewers in the San Antonio television market spend 9 percent more time in front of the tube than average among cities in our survey.

    According to the CDC, 40.6 percent of adults here are heavy enough to increase their risk for weight-related health problems. That's the 2nd worst score of any city in our survey. Compare it to a national average of 36.09 percent.

    Air quality here is among the most unhealthful of any city in our survey, according to EPA air quality standards. Unhealthy air makes outdoor exercise hazardous.

    San Antonio has 214 municipal parks, among the fewest of any city on a per capita basis, according to our exclusive survey of municipal park departments.

    There are 31 percent fewer tennis courts per capita here than average among cities in our survey.

    Basketball courts are practically nonexistent here, among the fewest per capita in our survey. There's just one court here for every 12,903 residents; the national average is one court per 6,909 people.

    Residents of San Antonio are 65 percent less likely than average to ski, the 4th lowest rate of any city in our survey.

    San Antonio locals are 36 percent less likely than average to hit the stair-climbing machine for exercise - the 4th lowest rate of any city in our survey.

    San Antonio residents are about 50 percent less likely than average to participate in fitness cycling, the 4th lowest overall rate among cities in our survey.

    Only about 2 percent of San Antonio residents do Pilates. That's the 3rd lowest rate in our survey.

    San Antonio residents are 17 percent less likely than average to participate in recreational swimming - the 3rd lowest in our survey.

    San Antonio residents are 35 percent less likely than average to play tennis - the 3rd lowest rate of any city in our survey.

    Just 12 percent of San Antonio residents have a health club membership. That's 31 percent less than average, and the 2nd lowest rate in our survey.

    Just 2 percent of San Antonio residents have a home gym. That's 57 percent less than average, and the 2nd lowest rate in our survey.

    You'll find a lower percentage of mountain bikers in San Antonio than almost anywhere else in our survey - only 0.5 percent of residents. The national average is 2.5 percent.

    Residents of San Antonio are 77 percent less likely than average to play racquetball, the lowest rate in our survey.

    San Antonio residents are 80 percent less likely than average to participate in yoga/tai chi. Compared to other cities, San Antonio is the 1st least popular place in our survey for these activities.

    San Antonio residents are 85 percent less likely than average to participate in gymnastics, the lowest rate in our survey.

    San Antonio residents rank near the bottom in cardio kickboxing, with a participation rate that's 80 percent below average for cities in our survey - the lowest participation rate of all cities we surveyed.

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