Appetizers
September 30, 2011
A study suggests Sacramento is among 'most gluttonous' cities

For the food- and drink-centric, there's www.thedailymeal.com, a website devoted to "creating a complete food experience for cooks, food lovers, wine connoisseurs, discerning diners and everyone in-between."

Now the DM has ranked "the most gluttonous cities in the nation," and Sacramento is No. 11 out of 20. Seven other California cities made the list, too.

How did the DM researchers come up with the list? First, they defined "gluttony" as "the quantity of food available to a certain population, and the kind of food available to it." For instance, the number of fast-food chain outlets was a negative.

Then they assembled data from "the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control on the number of grocery stores and supermarkets per capita, the number of fast-food establishments, the number of full-service restaurants, and rates of obesity. ... This data was then weighed against similar research compiled by private research firms."

For better or worse, DM concludes the most gluttonous city is New York City, followed by Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Las Vegas, Columbus (Ohio), Chicago, San Diego, Philadelphia, Sacramento ("Has nearly the same number of fast-food and full-service restaurants; adult obesity rate is 26.7 percent"), San Antonio, Orlando, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Oakland, Riverside and San Bernardino.

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