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Consider 'fattest city' recognition as call to arms

They say that everything is bigger in Texas, but in this case, bigger is not better. Houston has once again been named "America's Fattest City," and although this "recognition" is based on things such as the number of fast food restaurants, commute times and the weather, certain parts of this survey place Houstonians at a greater risk of obesity, according to a registered dietitian at Baylor College of Medicine.

"Consider this a call to arms," said Roberta Anding, who is also with Texas Children's Hospital. "There are several small steps you can take to make changes toward a healthier lifestyle."

Anding makes the following recommendations:

  • Consider exercising during your lunch time – walk 15 minutes and take 15 minutes to eat your lunch.
  • Get a pedometer and strive for at least 10,000 steps per day
  • Eliminate sugar-sweetened drinks including sweet tea, vitamin waters, flavored coffees and sports drinks (unless you exercise)
  • Watch the margaritas, piña coladas and other alcoholic beverages – they count too
  • At least half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables. Partner with a lean grilled fish and a small sweet potato and you have a "homemade" diet meal

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