Skip to comments.Unhealthy habits should be treated as aggressively as disease, American Heart Association says
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While itís easy to walk into a doctorís office and leave with a prescription to treat high blood pressure, some physicians don't take the time to address the unhealthy habits that cause these issues in the first place.
As high rates of obesity and skyrocketing health costs become an increasing problem in the United States, the American Heart Association (AHA) has published a new report in the journal Circulation, issuing a call for doctors to start treating damaging lifestyle habits as aggressively as they would any other health condition.
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AHA Doctors Nanny State PING!
God help us.
And here we go...
We will be told what to do, and when to do it. It’s just that simple. Fortunately, the majority of the American public has been groomed for this.
Yep, here it comes...
ACA is the gateway to controlling EVERYTHING you do.
This unhealthy country is infected with democrats and liberals. This problem should be eradicated.
When Fascism spreads, it spreads ALL around.
But aren’t liberals messing with the success of Darwinism when they demand healthy behavior by their minions?
I currently chose to have a high deductible, catastrophic coverage plan and I actually pay for everything out of pocket. However, last year my employer instituted a “tobacco surcharge” that costs $15 a month. I just received our updates for next year and that cost is now $50 a month!
It's easier still to not walk into a doctor's office at all.
If I need a lecture on how I'm living my life wrong, I'll go back and visit my high school vice-principal.
It’s telling that the ACA has incorporated “mental health” into its fabric. Be certain that this will be the lynchpin to involuntarily imprison unwilling “participants.”
Declare conservatives who hold their right to own and bear arms and condemn sexual perversion as “incompetent” to remain in society, and they have their pretext.
We all know what’s coming. This is how the left thinks. They now have control of our lives.
Yeah, the foremost being the silly notion that the patient owns his own body.
you got to know the secret gubmint code language.
If they want to control something why don’t they limit food stamp purchases fruit & vegetables.
Unhealthy habits should be treated as aggressively as disease, American Heart Association says
Hey! Homosexuality is an unhealthy habit. Lets all treat queerness as a disease. (I certainly do).
Its just abundantly clear that chronic diseases are bankrupting our health care system ,
That sounds bad, but once you reduce accident rates, work-related injuries, and infectious diseases to the levels we have here, chronic diseases are pretty much all that’s left.
However, the fact that those diseases are blamed for “bankrupting our healthcare system” is an entirely different matter.
Not a word about male homosexuals with an average lifespan of 45 years and all the drugs given to keep them alive for years while they infect others.
Like living with a common scold, nagging us endlessly.
Until we run screaming from the house, at which time we get scooped up and put in a “re-education facility”.
There is no good outcome, either way.
Adolescence is such a painful period in life. Now we have to be treated to its effects daily, with the perpetual moodiness and tantrums of the eternal juvenile who is posing as the Current Occupant squatting in the White Hut Oval Orifice.
....and Still Thinking says the American Heart association should be treated as aggressively as disease, since that's what they've chosen to make themselves.
Everybody knows we should maintain a moderate weight, quit smoking, limit our drinking, walk or run one or two miles a day, get enough sleep and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. There’s probably a healthy upper limit for fats, salt and sugar too. Everybody knows this.
Once upon a time, everybody also knew that these things were a matter of personal choice. Unchallenged personal choice.
One one hand, this is as obscene as nanny state totalitarianism gets.
On the other hand, if they include sex of any kind outside of marriage, including of course the homosexual stripe, int heir list of unhealthy habits that need monitoring, it ought to make for a damn, damn good show.
So what do they propose to do about sodomites and their extremely “unhealthy”, to understate it, lifestyle? Including that segment of sodomites called “bugseekers” who deliberately seek to contract HIV/AIDS, or another segment called “gifters” who deliberately seek to infect others with it?
I agree. ALL DemocRATS should be deprogrammed immediately and taught to be a thinking human being again. Liberalism is the worst disease out there. It eats away at the brain until there is nothing left.
I’m going to a naturopath who gave me herbs to treat my BP; plus change in diet, and I do walk 30 minutes daily. The meds the MDs give have side effects that require more meds, so people wind up with a whole pharmacy in their kitchen, and they feel awful
Bottom line is people have to take responsibility for their own health; it’s not the government’s business.
The tobacco surcharge is legislative hooey. There was no reason to differentiate until government stuck it’s nose in. The underwriters were content but the liberal pols were not.
The big question is: where is the homo-surcharge? After all, that’s a behavior just like smoking is a behavior.
And what do they propose to do about immigrants, legal or not, who are bringing into this country either diseases long since eradicated in the US, or diseases never before seen in this country? Non-native parasites, etc?
yep, food stamps should only be used for healthy food, not junk food.
I happened to see a part of a show on MSNBC the other day, in which the liberal Melissa Harris-Perry lamented that kids are going to school hungry. She interviewed the mom of an allegedly hungry 12 year old boy. This mom was visibly heavy. It was a parody, in that, this mom is clearly not missing any meals. Yet her boy goes to school hungry, in spite of the school breakfast and school lunch programs, and in spite of his mom getting food stamps. Unreal.......................
I’ll consider it when they start treating homosexuality as a disease again.
“It’s easier still to not walk into a doctor’s office at all.”
I agree. I love my doctor but often refuse to do as she suggests. She’s used to me after 25 years and just shakes her head.
I figure at age 81 I have lived long enough to know what works,what doesn’t,what I want to do,and what I don’t want to do.
I’m still doing well so I’ve done something right I guess.
Watch out for this kind of stuff. With ObamaCare the left has put in place the excuse for all sorts of evils. They will use their lifeboat analogy: “since we all have to pay for the consequences of your actions, we all have a say in your health”. It will lead to all kinds of Bloombergian regulatory intrusions into your behavior, much of the science justifying it based, like AGW, on the hobbyhorses of cranks.
It’s insane to expect physicians to “treat unhealthy habits”! Number 1, it’s not our job to police patients. Number 2, there’s no time to go beyond what is doctors do already which is to treat medical conditions. If they are too fat, go to Weight Watchers. The patient still has the FREEDOM to smoke and eat. Physicians are not responsible for removing a person’s freedom to do as they wish. Period.
I'd like to erect a stone with that graven into it on the Floor of the House and of the Senate.
>>AHA Doctors Nanny State PING!
Before the days of a pill for everything, doctors did just that. If you were fat, your doctor told you to lose weight. If you were a smoker, he told you to stop smoking. If you didn’t and you died, well, that was your problem.
Today, the ONLY remedy is a pill (or expensive physical therapy or surgery). Walk in with cholesterol that’s a couple points high and he puts you on a name-brand statin that costs you $50 a month for the rest of your life (if you have a prescription drug plan). They claim they don’t have time to treat people, but only time to symptoms.
My wife is a coder and that’s exactly true. They get paid by symptom and solution, not by whole-person health care.
Sounds a bit homophobic...
This MD says go F*** yourselves, tyrants.
All this will do is kick the cost can down the road further. The fat guy with high blood pressure and 85% clogged arteries is going to be dead by 75, probably by a massive coronary that will kill him before he hits the floor. If they get their wish we will have a massive amount of depressed, 95 year olds in assisted living homes 40 years from now who can’t remember their own kids faces but can still do ten laps around the pool.
Quality, not quantity is what I aim for. If living longer means not enjoying a big prime rib dinner on Sunday, or oatmeal instead of bacon and eggs then screw it, I’d rather go down fighting.
The is no room for reason in the new America. Now, do your job citizen.
And even besides the big one-AIDS-the sky-high rates they have of other sexually transmitted diseases, plus higher rates of certain cancers, etc. All because it’s of primary importance to them that they be allowed to stick their ... where it was never intended to go. They are truly mentally ill, and this country has regressed in no longer acknowledging that fact.
My 90 year old mother was dying...crippled with arthritis, body was shutting down..... The first thing they asked was if she smoked. Really pi**** me off. She died within the week.
They were probably thinking more along the lines of gun ownership.
It is easy to see where this is all going. Purchase of Michele Obama exercise and healthy living videos will be mandatory.
I guess my hero had better watch out:
105-year-old woman says eating bacon every day is her key to long life
Since Lewis was a Christian writer it would be forbidden.
But who defines which is which?
Because people can make chips from flour, corn meal, or potatoes - will those staples be deemed "unhealthy?" What about flour, sugar, and butter? Fruit, sugar and yeast? I make wine out of those 3.
I only use real butter, but other believe that margarine is healthier?
Who makes the decision?
God rest her soul and bring peace to you.
When they start after the gays....I’ll think about living my life different. Not that I need to...............