Dallas City Employees Are Fat, Some Are Fatter Than Others

Council member Dwaine Caraway doing his part to support A.C.'s initiative.
Council member Dwaine Caraway doing his part to support A.C.'s initiative.
Dwaine Caraway (via Facebook)

As we've mentioned before, City Manager A.C. Gonzalez's presentations at the end of City Council briefings are frequently excruciating and uninformative. Tuesday, though, there was an interesting tidbit in the midst of Gonzalez's promotion of the city's wellness initiative for city employees.

After singling out City Council member Dwaine Caraway's eager adoption of the wellness program, Gonzalez revealed that a full 20 percent of the city's employees are morbidly obese and 80 percent are at least somewhat overweight.

For the fattest 20 percent group, Gonzalez said the city's goal is simply to get them walking and moving around a little bit more. Next steps for the program include a website and a "fitness, nutrition, musculoskeletal support activity project [i]ncorporated into the workday for field work crews and administrative/support staff."

We think he meant diet and exercise there, though "musculoskeletal support activity" sounds like maybe he's talking about building mobile gantries around some of the heftier city staff. Not that we're casting stones. Some of the Observer's staff live in glass houses when it comes to lard-assery. On the plus side, those houses smell like bacon pretty much all the time.

For reference, 65 percent of all adults in Texas were overweight or obese as of 2012.


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