This one actually caught me by surprise. The news was a top ten list of the "vainest cities in America," and guess who came in first?
Yep. San Francisco.
In this article, San Francisco was rated to be the vainest city in America based on percent of people who had gym memberships (20.4%), amount of money spent monthly on personal care ($111 million), and percentage of population that is not overweight (50.3%).
In another article I found by Forbes, San Francisco was rated second to Salt Lake City of all places. These results were based upon number of plastic surgeons per 100,000 people.
But then I arrived in the City by the Bay.
I've always been relatively fit and healthy and watched after my diet with moderate consistency and tried to exercise regularly. But the first time I went to the gym, I felt like a fatty. I hardly ever saw an overweight person on the streets, and when I did, it was usually a tourist. Now, I've always lived in the world capital of obesity (the South). To come to a place where it was actually unusual for someone to be on an actual diet was a huge change for me. People here just work out, eat healthier, and are intentionally cognizant of their health.
And I'll admit I'm not above falling into the temptation of struggling with my image here. I think it's just part of the territory.