The Atlantic: OKC mayor-led healthy living initiatives may serve as an example in fighting nation's obesity epidemic

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

In the story this week on The Atlantic's website, "How One of America's Most Overweight Cities Lost a Million Pounds," writer Ian Birrell explored Oklahoma City and the initiative led by Mayor Mick Cornett to put the city's residents on a diet and then transform the city into a pedestrian- and bike-friendly place.


"The mayor of Oklahoma City declared war on obesity, launching health campaigns and implementing pedestrian-friendly new infrastructure. Is this one possible solution to the nationwide epidemic?" Birrell wrote in an introduction.

He continues: “The experiment (to put the city on a diet and redesign its geography with parks, bike lanes, walking trails and more) is unusual in terms of its ambition, breadth and cost, all of which take it beyond anything being attempted by other American cities in the fight against fat. The battle is being done with, rather than against, the fast-food industry and soda manufacturers, relying largely on persuasion instead of coercion through soda bans and sugar taxes. The city has been dubbed 'a laboratory for healthy living.' Yet what makes the experiment quite so extraordinary is that it is being attempted in Oklahoma."

Read the in-depth story of his outsider's look about Oklahoma City and its healthy transformation in progress.