Skip to comments.Obesity is a Bigger Threat to Health Care Than Obamacare
Posted on 04/15/2012 5:08:01 PM PDT by Libloather
Obesity is a Bigger Threat to Health Care Than Obamacare
By Roy A. Barnes | Yahoo! Contributor Network 10 hrs ago
COMMENTARY | HealthDay News reported Friday on a Mayo Clinic employees/retirees study showing obese people are more responsible for health care costs annually per person than normal weight people by $1,850, and $5,500 more if they're morbidly obese. Furthermore, 20.6 percent of health care costs are due to obesity, or $190.2 billion annually, according to Cornell University research also reported by HealthDay News.
TV and other media pundits can rant and rave about the costs of Obamacare, but while they do that, I've never heard them specifically factor in the above costs that are due to obesity, nor the indirect costs. The anti-Obamacare people need to realize obesity is a bigger threat to the health care system than the president's health care plan.
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obamacare is obesity-in-statute.
Obesity is a choice.
Obamacare is a violation of the 10th amendment. (That is in the Constitution, by the way, “yahoo!”, the same document that gives you the freedom to publish this pile of crap)
Obamacare is the danger, not obesity.
When I was a kid we had two or three of those is a school, now a good 20% of every class is that fat.
Uh Oh...the food stamp and welfare regulars better watch out..../s
The greater irony is that most cases of obesity (discounting, for instance, thyroid problems) are due to personal health-related choices: I choose to eat potato chips instead of getting off the computer and cooking a healthy meal, or instead of going outside for a walk. Obamacare makes the state your own “private” health supervisor/enforcer, thereby removing that choice. It would not surprise me at all to see Obamacare mandate certain target weights, body mass indices, etc, and punish those who can’t hack it.
We need a gummint program that pays people to lose weight. </sarc>
Go on a diet or st*u
Choice: that IS the problem with obesity, as it is with drugs, booze, candy, couch potato-ism.
MOST human beings take the LOW road, the EASY path, the path of LEAST resistance. They all know better. Obese people often stay home because they WEAR their gluttony and sloth--with their XXXlarge size.
Side note: My husband and I were in a Walmart type store in Hawaii, the big island. We were looking for big Hawaiian shirts for him: XX.
At the rack for the X sizes there were twoX to EIGHT X. There are some big boys over there.
Unfortunately, this is not sarcasm, but a simple prediction of our near future if we allow our government to continue on its present course.
Obesity is an enormous problem, leading to things such as heart disease and diabetes. Our healthcare costs could be reduced dramatically if people would stop stuffing their faces with junk and actually get off their butts to exercise. Yes, our freedom gives us the right to be obese, but the costs are staggering. I think people should get a price break on insurance if they are in shape and taking care of themselves.
I agree. If I was a 20 year old now, I'd have to be a chubby chaser unless I wanted to go without. When I got out of HS in 1970, there were very few genuinely overweight girls. I don't mean they were all hot and curvy, just of a much more appropriate weight. I liked skinny girls then, I'd be pretty lonely on Saturday night now if I was 20.
Still, it's not the gubbermint's business. People want to waddle around and eat themselves into an early grave, it's their right. Not a privilege, a right.
If the government would get it's intrusive and always clumsy nose out of people's private business, insurance companies could offer you, and others, exactly that break. Others like me, probably would not qualify, but we might opt for a very high annual out-of-pocket so that the insurance would only kick in only in case of catastrophe, but would give clients the benefit of the insurance companies negotiated rates with doctors and hospitals. Everything that could be done most likely would be done it the government would simply butt out.
CUT food stamp allowances by 75%.
I spend out of my pocket, and survive fine, only about 1/4 of what is given in food stamps each week.
WASTE NUMBER ONE.
Obese kids comes from having no place to play after school. Instead, the veg out inside like inmates in a jail cell.
“we pay a lot of them sit sit home on welfare and eat themselves into obesity”
Surely you are mistaken. Those unfortunates live in a food desert. I know because Michelle told me so.
Well in certain neghiborhood in Los Angeles majority of the kids come home and play X-box and be couch pototo it too dangerous be on the front yard you get shot
In South LA there is fast food places in every block no farmer market who fault is that
CITY OF LA with high taxes no supermarket want be there in City of LA because of high property taxes also
Here's the jist of the article, It's freedom that is bankrupting our healthcare system.