Well, probably not. But according to a new study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation twenty states got fatter and we’re the only region that got thinner. So DC residents would have an easier time fitting into a voting booth if only they were allowed in.
Go ahead and pat yourself on the back if you like, but only do it for the exercise and don’t eat any celebration cake. While we’re down on average the quantity of obese adults rose in the poor and black populations. In that we’re just like everywhere else and it’s a pretty sad and stark number - 21.5% of our general adult population is obese versus 34.% of the black population, a full half again.
The study does have a few bright spots and calls us out as being among the half of the country that’s put in some measures to make school lunches and vended food in schools healthier. Whether vending bans actually help is a matter of heated debate but there’s no question you can load up a lot of calories from them. This 2006 Forbes slideshow of some of the “worst” vending foods lists several items that, all by themselves, exceed 10% of the FDA’s 2000 daily calories guideline.