Gallup released a shocking story on March 7 regarding obesity in the United States. Tragically, Topeka ranked as the eighth most obese city in the country. One third of the population in my home town is obese. Add to that figure all Topekans just overweight and imagine the total percentage. Staggering numbers that should scare every Topekan. Sadly, it will not.
Topeka is a town with very little civic pride. Now I know why. Topekans think so little of themselves, how can we expect them to care about their city? Obesity forces health care payouts of $80 million in our country for the treatment of obesity, Gallup reports. Keep wallowing in fat, Topeka, but do not complain about life in Topeka.
Get up off your couch, back away from the table, put one foot in front of the other and walk to something other than your refrigerator. Show some pride in yourselves, then your city. Right now, it is shameful to be ranked in a top ten for the wrong reason.