This City Is Going on a Diet!

Mayor challenges porky Oklahoma City residents to lose 1M pounds in 2008
By Emily Thompson,  Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2008 7:15 PM CST
Carrie Snyder-Renfro talks with a reporter while working out in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008. Mayor Mick Cornett wants residents to shed 1 million pounds in 2008 and end Oklahoma City's dubious...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Oklahoma City tipped the scales in 2007 as America's 15th fattest city—and Mayor Mike Cornett is bent on tackling his town's porkish propensities. He's challenged residents to lose a million pounds in '08, and includes shedding extra weight among his own New Year's resolutions. His program revolves around a website packed with recipes, a body mass index calculator and planned blogs.

More than 2,600 people have registered, and have already lost 300 pounds, the Associated Press reports. In a state whose official meal includes fried okra and biscuits, Cornett hopes to increase exercise-encouraging bike trails and sidewalks, though he adds, "you're not really going to take on obesity unless you acknowledge that we eat too much and don't eat the right foods."