Report: Lubbock ranked "worst diet in America"

Report: Lubbock ranked "worst diet in America"

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A report from 247wallst.com identifies 40 cities nationwide with the worst diets, ranking Lubbock as number 1. 

The report draws from the Gallup and Sharecare’s 2016 Community Rankings for Healthy Eating report

"We have lots of fast food places, we have lots of bad choices patients can make with diet and if you eat that kind of stuff consistently, you know, you're gonna feel the consequences of it," Dr. Travis Eggl, a bariatric surgeon with Covenant Medical Center, said.


According to the report Lubbock has 85.2 fast food restaurants per 100,000 people, 12 more than the national average.


"It's still your choice of what you're going to go eat, and do, but you still are in that environment, and sometimes you just think oh that's the easiest way to do it," Tiffany Willis, a former bariatric patient, said.


46.2 percent of adults in Lubbock who responded to the survey said they did not eat healthy.

Nearly 1 in 3 were considered obese. 

"It's a big cost, taking care of all these medical problems associated with being obese and morbidly obese," Dr. Eggl said.

Registered Dietitian Brenda Garcia recommends healthier options that are quick, and cost-effective.

"I think what people tend to do is get in a rut and they go with what "normal" is. So if you'll pay attention, look at recipes, you can check those out, and look for some options. Ways to make those meals faster," Garcia said. 


Purchasing pre-cut vegetables or "ready-made meals"  can be easy on the wallet, and the body. 


"Frozen is another great section. So you can buy bagged frozen vegetables and just throw them on a roasting pan with olive oil, salt, pepper and you're good to go," Garcia added.



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