• Think before you eat

  • Never binge

  • 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.


Live concerts, crazy competitions, carnival rides and deep fried EVERYTHING!


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?





Top 5 State Fairs in the United States

The State Fair of Texas

Obesity State Rank: 10th

California State Fair

Obesity State Rank: 47th

Ohio State Fair

Obesity State Rank: 27th

New York State Fair

Obesity State Rank: 44th

Wisconsin State Fair

Obesity State Rank: 20th



2015 Obesity Rates by States

What Region do you live in?

Rank State Adult Obesity Rate Region
1Louisiana36.2%south
2Alabama35.6%south
2Mississippi35.6%south
2West Virginia35.6%south
5Kentucky34.6%south
6Arkansas34.5%south
7Kansas34.2%midwest
8Oklahoma33.9%south
9Tennessee33.8%south
10Missouri32.4%northeast
10Texas32.4%south
12Iowa32.1%midwest
13South Carolina31.7%south
14Nebraska31.4%midwest
15Indiana31.3%midwest
16Michigan31.2%midwest
17North Dakota31.0%midwest
18Illinois30.8%midwest
19Georgia30.7%south
19Wisconsin30.7%midwest
21South Dakota30.4%midwest
22North Carolina30.1%south
22Oregon30.1%west
24Maine30.0%northeast
24Pennsylvania30.0%northeast
26Alaska29.8%west
26Ohio29.8%midwest
28Delaware29.7%south
29Virginia29.2%south
30Wyoming29.0%west
31Maryland28.9%south
32New Mexico28.8%west
33Idaho28.6%west
34Arizona28.4%west
35Florida26.8%south
36Nevada26.7%west
37Washington26.4%west
38New Hampshire26.3%northeast
39Minnesota26.1%midwest
40Rhode Island26.0%northeast
41New Jersey25.6%northeast
42Connecticut25.3%northeast
43Vermont25.1%northeast
44New York25.0%northeast
45Utah24.5%west
46Massachusetts24.3%northeast
47California24.2%west
48Montana23.6%west
49Hawaii22.7%west
50District of Columbia22.1%south
51Colorado20.2%west

** Information based on the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.



The State Fair of Texas


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!



Admissions Ticket Inflation


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.



2016 Daily Fair Attendance


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.

BIG TEX CHOICE AWARD WINNERS

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!


Your NEXT VISIT . . .

What treat did you consume?

Treat Calories Range AVG Exercise
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.



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