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Temple, Killeen ranked No. 19 for cities with worst diets

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Posted at 8:04 AM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 10:21:07-04

TEMPLE,TX — Temple and Killeen were both ranked in the top 20 cities in the United States with the worst diets in a study conducted by 24/7 Wall St. The cities shared the No. 19 spot in the list.

The survey shows that 41.6 percent of adults do not eat healthy in these Central Texas cities. For every 100,000 people, there are 63.7 fast food restaurants.

It's always hard to pass up a fast food restaurant when you're in a hurry, but nowadays there are healthy options for most places you visit.

"You can look at nutrition information online for most fast food and even big chain restaurants to kind of know what the options are," said Mary Grey, a Clinical Dietitian Specialist at Baylor Scott & White in Temple.

Grey also suggests making a meal plan, which can make it easier to stick to a healthy diet by preparing healthy options at the beginning of the week.

If you've never been a healthy eater, you may think it's too late to start, but Grey says it's better to start now than never.

"It's always important to follow a healthy diet when you can and you can have never done that before and start tomorrow and you'll still get the benefit of that," Grey said.

Grey says the number one complaint she receives when people are trying to eat healthy is the price of everything. The way around that is to shop the sales, watch your grocer's weekly advertisements and also shop for fruits and vegetables that are in season.