Enough with the phony surveys..
A funny thing happened during yesterday’s breakfast interview/meeting with Mancow in Chicago. In what came across quite innocently – at least at first – Mancow called out the women in Kansas City for being overweight.
"Are you shocked by how big the women in Kansas City are?" he mused. "They are so huge."
Hey, it’s not like this comes as a news flash or anything.
The Cowtown’s been on the receiving end of countless "Fattest Cities" surveys over the years.
Personally, I don’t put much stock in these "reports." Fittest, fattest, best place to raise kids, start a family, retire, party – the list is endless. The way I view them is as contrived means for magazine’s like Men’s Fitness to bolster flagging readership and sales by working up phony formulas that they know will get picked up, reported and discussed by local newspapers, magazines and radio and television stations.
Aside from the contrived hype, it’s not like there’s zero basis for reaching some of these conclusions. Take Men’s Health‘s 2010 ranking of KC as the country’s 6th fattest city…
You needn’t go much farther than the Plaza to support that case, but have you been to Topeka lately?
And after spending a few days wandering around Chicago I can see where Mancow’s coming from. The sidewalks are crawling with people of every age and stripe here, who with rare exception appear far skinnier that the people we see waddling about in KC.
So yeah, from my observations there are far fewer women of great weight roaming the streets of Chicago than Kansas City. It’s fairly obvious.
That said, after assigning an F to Kansas City in fattness, Chicago barely eeked out a D from Men’s Health, coming in as 22nd fattest. Frankly, I don’t get it?
Most of the fat people I see in Chicago here look like they’re from out-of-town.
Like from Kansas City or Topeka.
Or that state I rambled through on the way here – what’s it called? – oh yeah, Iowa.
You can’t get much fatter than Iowa. Yet the only city out of like 100 to move Men’s Fitness’s Fat Meter was Des Moines with a C- and in 39th place.
Look, I just have one question:
Who is Men’s Health trying to kid with these bogus rankings?