There are 274 fast food restaurants in Richmond, Kentucky alone. In contrast, there are less than 10 fitness facilities or gyms in Richmond.
Kentucky is battling an obesity epidemic, not only among adults, but children as well. Kentucky ranks 12th in the nation in obesity for adults, 1st for adolescents and 6th for pre-K children. 35.1% of adults over the age of 18 are overweight and 31.6% are obese. 17% of adolescents in Kentucky are overweight and 18.5% are obese. And among children Pre-k, 16.3% are overweight and 15.6 are obese.
The average taxpayer spends approximately $175 per year to finance obesity-related medical expenditures among Medicare and Medicaid recipients. Experts project that Kentucky will spend $6 billion in health care costs attributable to obesity in 2018.
Adults need at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity every week and muscle strengthening on 2 or more days. Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily with no more than 2 hours of screen time per day. Infants need tummy time and NO screen time.
What are you going to do about it? It's time to wake up people. Our state is sick. It's time to fix it and prevent this for our children.
Just Me Rambling
Middle-aged woman who can't twerk: mother, step-mom, wife, grandmother - who happens to like to lift.