How obesity became the new face of disability in America
On stairs carved into an old narrow gauge railway just outside of Colorado Springs, hikers and runners push themselves up 2,000 vertical feet in just under a mile. Here on the Manitou Incline, it’s easy to see why Colorado is ranked America’s leanest state. But only forty miles to the south is Pueblo, a former steel mill town of 100,000, with an obesity rate that reached 30% in 2013-2014, according to the Pueblo City-County Health Department. That’s around 9% more than the statewide average of 21.3%, but fairly close to the nationwide average, according to the US Centers for Disease Control.