Get Over the Houston Hurdles and Get Back to Health
In many ways, Houston is a great place to live. In terms of health and wellness, it has some excellent parks and recreation areas for getting exercise, health-conscious eateries, and a variety of fresh food sources, including farmer's markets. However, it's undeniable that Houston has a problem with its weight. According to the 2019 Houston "State of Health" report, nearly 72% of adults in Harris County are overweight or obese, which is higher than both the Texas and national figures.
Long commutes and a lack of public transportation
If you live and work in Houston, chances are that you spend a significant portion of your morning behind the wheel. Houston is notoriously lacking in mass transit, so most people end up driving everywhere, which doesn't correlate with healthy habits such as walking.
Large portion sizes and effortless food ordering make it hard to stay on track
It might be a cliche to say that everything's bigger in Texas, but when it comes to portion sizes and the availability of fast food, that overused expression isn't far from the truth. Houston has some fantastic restaurants representing cuisines from all over the world, but one thing that many of them have in common is a tendency to serve extra-large portions.
Similarly, fast food outlets, food trucks, and delivery services seem to be everywhere in Houston. In addition to the unhealthiness of the food, the ordering models used by fast-food restaurants and food delivery apps make it incredibly easy to order more menu items than you need.