MICHELLE ROBERTS

The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio - with its abundance of traditional Tex-Mex restaurants and staggering diabetes rate - is losing the fight with fat.

But rather than force change with restaurant regulations, public health officials and the restaurant association are trying a gentler approach. They announced Thursday the launch of a project to persuade restaurants to offer healthier options to children and adults.

Mayor Julian Castro says he hasn't ruled out seeking stricter regulations, but he hopes that this collaborative approach, combined with more public education, will work.

More than two-thirds of San Antonio area residents are overweight or obese - outstripping even the hefty national average.