"In 2011, 34 percent of the population in Dallas patronized a quick-service restaurant 20 or more times a month, making it the No. 1 market for incidence of super-heavy fast-food users in the United States," begins THIS Business Wire article.
"Nine of the Top 10 markets are in the South.
Providence, R.I., is the only northern market with such a high incidence
of super-heavy fast-food usage. Sandelman analysts point to Dunkin'
Donuts' deep penetration in New England for the preponderance of
super-heavy fast-food users in Providence."
The article includes this table enumerating these Top 10 markets based on "Incidence of Super-Heavy Fast Food Users (20+ Visits In Past Month)":
1. Dallas, Texas (34.00%)
2. McAllen, Texas (33.1)
3. Providence, R.I. (31.5)
4. Memphis, Tenn. (31.1)
5. Greensboro, N.C. (30.5)
6. Charleston/Huntington, W.Va. (30.4)
7. Lexington, Ky. (30.0)
8. Houston, Texas (29.8)
9. Columbia, S.C. (29.8)
10. Greenville, N.C. (29.8)
I was surprised that when I cross-referenced THIS list of America's
Fattest Cities published by CNBC back in March against this table above,
there were only 2 cross-overs (Charleston, West Virginia, and McAllen,
It really says something about the state of America that 34% of the residents of Dallas will self-confess to eating at fast food restaurants 20 or more times a month and yet Dallas is not among America's fattest cities.