How does the ‘Fattest City in America’ turn things around?

This author goes on a search to find what, if anything, is being done to save her Indiana hometown.

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My hometown is drowning in high fructose corn syrup.

Recently, I found out that Evansville, Ind., the city that I called home for 18 years, was ranked “The Fattest City in America.”

What happened to you, my sweet River City? Shouldn’t this be a distinction reserved for someplace in Mississippi? (Zing!)

But obesity isn’t a laughing matter. It’s downright deadly.

With nearly 38 percent of the population obese (with a BMI of 30 or greater), that means four out of every 10 residents have increased their chances for heart disease, heart attacks and diabetes.

But it gets worse: Is Evansville happy about it?

Take a look at this newspaper headline: “Yes, we’re obese but happy…and it’s a great place to live: Evansville, America’s fattest city, defends itself.”

How could this be true?!

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