OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - More than 26,000 people have gone on a diet in barbecue-loving Oklahoma City since Mayor Mick Cornett challenged residents to lose weight and record their progress on his Web site.
Total amount of weight shed: 311,773 pounds, or just over 11 pounds for each participant.
The 50-year-old mayor has also been able to tighten his belt, dropping 40 pounds from his 5-foot-10 inch frame and just about hitting his 175-pound target.
There are indications the that the whole state may actually be heading in a leaner direction.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control indicates that after its obesity rate increased every year since 2000, it actually leveled off in 2007 at 28.8 percent of the population, moving the state from 44th to 43rd in a ranking of the 50 states.
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