It’s no secret that a lot of people in the country are overweight. In fact, reports suggest that 40% of the U.S. population aged 15 and older is obese. And while there are overweight folks everywhere, there are some cities where more of the population is considered “fat,” and a new report reveals which ones they are.
WalletHub just released their list of the Fattest Cities in the U.S., looking at the 100 most populated metro areas in the U.S. across 19 key weight-related indictors, including share of overweight and obese adults and teens, share of adults with health issues related to weight like diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, as well as access to healthy food, a city’s friendliness towards an active lifestyle and more.
With all that in mind, the report finds that the area of McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas is the fattest in the country, scoring an 83.75 out of 100, and topping the list for food and fitness indictors, and coming in second for obesity and overweight indicators.
Top Ten Fattest Cities In The Country
(click here for the complete list)
- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Memphis, TN-MS-AR
- Jackson, MS
- Mobile, AL
- Tulsa, OK
- Knoxville, TN
- Toledo, OH
- Baton Rouge, LA
- Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
As for the city with the least amount of overweight people, that honor goes to the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California area which is dead last for health consequences and in the bottom ten for both food and fitness and obesity and overweight indicators.
While we all know that exercise is an important part of staying healthy, way too many of us just don’t do it, and it seems in a lot of cases folks aren’t hitting the gym simply because they feel intimidated by it.
A new poll finds that 50% of Americans are intimidated by the thought of working out at a gym, while 31% feel anxious about getting in shape. And even those who do go to the gym feel intimidated by it, with 47% of gym goers saying they too feel intimidated by working out.
So, what is causing all this fear? Well, 32% of people say the idea of working out next to someone who is already fit intimidates them, while 17% say the same about working out in front of the opposite sex. A lot of folks also feel intimidated trying out certain exercises, with 39% feeling anxious about lifting ways, 36% feeling intimidated by going for a run and 35% feeling the same about a yoga class.
- But intimidation isn’t the only negative thing affecting folks' workout routines. It seems 40% of people feel they are stuck in a rut when it comes to their workout, with 38% of people saying they never switch up their exercise, and 23% not at all happy or satisfied with their fitness regimen. As for why this happens, it could be because 22% of people are clueless as to the best exercise for their body typle, while 18% just don’t like change.
These days it seems like few people are all that happy in the U.S., but there are definately parts of the world where happiness is the norm among residents, and a new report reveals which nations are the happiest overall.
The U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network just released their annual World Happiness Report ranking 156 countries based on happiness factors like life expectancy, social support and corruption. Topping the list this year is Finland lands on top, with a score of 7.769 out of ten, with several Nordic countries making the Top Ten including Norway, Denmark and Iceland.
As for the U.S., it drops one spot from last year to 19, and when it comes to factors that make up a happy country, American doesn’t make the Top Ten in any area except income, where it’s 10th. In fact, it comes in 12th for generosity, 37th for social support, 42nd for corruption, and shockingly, 61st for freedom.
Top Ten Happiest Nations
- New Zealand
As for the bottom of the list, people in South Sudan are the least happy, followed by the Central African Republic and Afghanistan.
Ten Least Happy Nations
- South Sudan
- Central African Republic
While there are certainly some people out there who don't love dogs, let’s face it, the majority of Americans are dog lovers, and there’s no doubt everyone has their favorite breed of pooch. But it seems there’s just one dog breed out there that most Americans simply love the best.
For the 28thyear in a row, the Labrador Retriever tops the American Kennel Club’s list of America’s most popular dog. It isn’t much of a surprise the Lab earns the top spot, since it’s considered a family friendly pooch, with an eager-to-please temperament.
While this year’s Top Five is exactly the same as last year’s, there is one breed that seems to be gaining in popularity. The German Shorthaired pointer jumps to number nine this year, it’s highest place on the chart since it was first recognized in 1930.
Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.
- Labrador Retriever
- German Shepherd Dog
- Golden Retriever
- French Bulldog
- German Shorthaired Pointer
- Yorkshire Terrier
Anyone who’s used a public toilet, and that’s likely most people, knows the experience can be truly gross. In fact, a new poll by Bradley Corp finds that 69% of folks have had an unpleasant experience because of a public potty. And while stores and restaurants may not be too worried about their gross bathrooms, it turns out they should be.
The poll finds that 55% of people say they would be unlikely to return to a business that had an unsanitary bathroom, while 39% would think twice before going back. What’s more, 52% of people say they would “definitely” or “probably” spend more money at a business with a clean restroom.
Basically, establishments should realize that customers are definitely judging them based on their bathroom. The truth is, 64% of consumers say they are more likely to choose a business with a clean, well-maintained bathroom, with women more likely to factor a bathroom into their decision then men (67% vs. 61%).
And bathrooms these days are so gross that one in three Americans say they’d be willing to pay to use a toilet if it means it was guaranteed to be clean and well-stocked. And there’s good reason for that since most folks are used to encountering a whole host of aggravations when it comes to public restrooms.Among the top aggravations:
- A toilet that is clogged or not flushed (85%)
- Empty or jammed toilet paper dispensers (83%)
- Partition doors that don’t latch (78%)
While there will always be some people out there who love their jobs, there’s a good chance there are plenty more who hate theirs, and it isn’t uncommon to see people venting about their gig on social media.
Well, Awkward has compiled a list of some of the funniest tweets about the misery that is work, and they are bound to make you chuckle.
- “Coworker: Do you ever think about work at home? Me: I don’t think about work at work.”
- “In a meeting, ‘can I go first? Thanks’ Gets up and leaves.”
- “I feel a little off today – me, working on my plan for not being at work tomorrow.”
- “I told all my colleagues at work I have a twin sister so that when I see them in public I don’t have to talk to them.”
- “Boss: this is the third time you’ve been late for work this week. Do you know what that means? Me: It’s only Wednesday.”
- “How to be grown up at work: Replace 'Screw you' with 'Ok, great'.”
- “Boss : you ok? Me: why? Boss: you have a sign that says ‘2 Days without being annoyed.’ (maintaining eye contact I change it to 0.)”
- “Coworker: Why didn’t you decorate for Halloween? Me: I did, see my cubicle has a corpse in it and is haunted by my dead aspirations.”