Once ranked the second most obese city in the US, San Antonio saw decades of increasing obesity rates followed by periods of fluctuation. Currently, our adult obesity rate is flat after a significant reduction in 2012 and an increase in the following years. These fluctuations from year to year point to the need to continue to make both behavioral and systemic changes in our policies and infrastructure in order to make lasting change. In order to minimize the lag between data collection and report, the data source for this indicator has been changed to Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Because Texas DSHS uses a different survey to assess this indicator than San Antonio Metro Health, the previously reported data have been updated to allow for year-to-year comparison. Progress towards meeting the 2020 goal to reduce obesity in San Antonio has varied year-to-year. As of 2015, San Antonio is FLAT/GETTING WORSE. However, it should be noted that the margins of error associated with these estimates make interpretation difficult.
Call to Action:
- Learn more about SA2020 health & fitness partners, then give your time, talent, energy, or dollars to one (or more).
- Participate in and support programs that keep kids active, including children with physical, mental, and emotional challenges, and focused on building discipline in all aspects of life.
- Use our parks and participate in activities that involve exercise.
- Form and support groups that promote creativity and movement, such as dance.
- Support and eat at establishments and restaurants that offer healthy food choices.
- Make sure your company has a health plan for employees.
- Include mental health as an integral part of health and fitness.
- Drink more water.
- Eat more vegetables.
- Become a Student Ambassador for the Mayor’s Fitness Council.
Updated December 2016