Think before you eat
Moderation is Key
Texas's adult obesity rate is currently 32.4%, up from 21.7% in 2000 and from 10.7% in 1990. The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released September 2016.
Its clear that everything IS bigger in Texas, including the State Fair! But Texas is not the only state with a MASSIVE fair event that offers many deep fried inventions! There are quite of few other states across the United States that host a similar event. The difference is, Texas, in 2015, has moved up in rank to being the 10th highest obese state. Hence, do legendary events such as, State Fair of Texas contribute to this obesity epidemic?
Although most State Fairs take place one time a year for a short duration, such as 21 days, the debacle on whether Fairs offer too much fried food, too little activity, or a combonation of both, is constant. However, does the number of times an individual attends the event during its duration or ticket price correlate?
Obesity State Rank: 10th
Obesity State Rank: 47th
Obesity State Rank: 27th
Obesity State Rank: 44th
Obesity State Rank: 20th
|Rank||State||Adult Obesity Rate||Region|
|50||District of Columbia||22.1%||south|
** Information based on the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The State Fair of Texas celebrates all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. The State Fair of Texas opened in 1886 and had approximately 14,000 people attend. Today, the State Fair has drastically changed with well over two million individuals who attend with excitement to enjoy live music concerts, auto shows, FRIED FOOD, the TX-OU football game at the Cotton Bowl, and much more!
The chart demonstrates how admission prices for General Admission, Child and Senior Citizens has fluctuated in the last decade in US dollars. It is evident by the graph that ticket prices, in the last nine years, has gradually increased by four dollars.
The State Fair of Texas begins the last Friday in September and ends 21 days later. The 2016 fair had an all-time record of 2,408,032 individuals - making the event the most successful in its 130-year history. However, the Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners football game day (October 8th) had the highest daily attendace with over 200,000 people.
The Choice Awards is a competition that happens every year, it gives an opportunity for Texas’ best cooks to bring their A-game on cooking both fried and other unique foods. The Classic fair food such as corny dogs and turkey legs can be found throughout the Park but vendors are encouraged to put a spin on the classics to make them as unique as the state of Texas itself!
The key is to practice extreme moderation and never binge eat!
|Deep Fried Chicken Skin||90||0 - 250 Calories||88 Minutes of crunches|
|Cotton Candy||171||0 - 250 Calories||60 minutes of weightlifting|
|Fried Gulf Shrimp Boil||240||0 - 250 Calories||85 Minutes of Hiking|
|Fried Gulf Shrimp Boil||297||251 - 500 Calories||60 Minutes of Swimming|
|Fried Texas Caviar||317||251 - 500 Calories||60 Minutes of Ballet|
|Fletcher’s Corny Dog||360||251 - 500 Calories||30 Minutes of Croquet|
|Fried Beer||397||251 - 500 Calories||30 Minutes of Frisbee|
|Fried Cheese||420||251 - 500 Calories||120 Minutes of light Weight lifting|
|Fried Twinkie||420||251 - 500 Calories||60 Minutes of water Skiing|
|Fried Chocolate||434||251 - 500 Calories||50 Minutes of Kickball|
|Fried Snickers||444||251 - 500 Calories||65 Minutes of Aerobic Dancing|
|Foot-Long Hot-dog||470||251 - 500 Calories||45 Minutes of Water Polo|
|Texas Fried Frito Pie||599||501 - 1000 Calories||141 Minutes on the Elliptical|
|Fried Oreos||610||501 - 1000 Calories||148 Minutes of Brisk Walking|
|Fried Cheesecake||655||501 - 1000 Calories||120 Minutes of Golf|
|Fried Cookie Dough||664||501 - 1000 Calories||60 Minutes of Cycling|
|Deep Fried Frozen Margarita||740||501 - 1000 Calories||60 Minutes of Running at 6.7 mph|
|Fried Lemonade||749||501 - 1000 Calories||60 Minutes of competitive Soccer|
|Funnel Cake||760||501 - 1000 Calories||60 Minutes of Rock climbing|
|Deep Fried Smores Pop-Tart||832||501 - 1000 Calories||60 Minutes of Bicycling, 16-19mph|
|Deep Fried Peaches & Cream||1000||501 - 1000 Calories||72 Minutes of Jumping Rope|
|Fernie's Fried Club Salad||1021||1001 - 1500 Calories||120 Minutes of Jogging|
|Giant Turkey Leg||1136||1001 - 1500 Calories||100 minutes of Running|
|Deep Fried Peaches & Cream||1329||1001 - 1500 Calories||189 Minutes of Tennis|
** Calories burned based on body weight for an average individual who weights 155 lbs.