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.
Partisan Media Shills ping.
So, the anit-Obamacare “ranters” haven’t been ranting about obesity, hey? Ergo, ObamaCare (TM) must be good, right? Wonderful logic, me thinks.
Well, the “ranters” haven’t been ranting about sedentaryness, tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, junk food and sugar consumption or drug abuse either, all of which are also major contributors to poor health and health care costs. I guess the lack of ranting about these problems are even reasons ObamaCare (TM) is a wonderful thing, right?
Obesity doesn’t tyrannically dictate every aspect of your very soul and being.
You know what I hate
California has new commerical called California for Change it obesity program that try gulit trip parents do something about their kids they want public pay for it I am serious I think you could find the commerical on YOU TUBE IN English and Spanish some of the commerical is totally Nannystate
Obamacare/Totalitariancare: an internal threat to “freedom” - the likes of which our country has never seen before. The fundamental transformation of our republic into an authoritarian dictatorship.
“HealthDay News reported Friday on a Mayo Clinic employees/retirees study”
What is the data-evidence that results of the study were adjusted for the demographic differences between the obese Mayo Clinic employees and retirees versus the nation’s obese, or that the cost data of the Mayo Clinic health plan were adjusted for their differences with national costs in the general population?
To answer my own question - none, I imagine. Which makes the Mayo Clinc’s interpretation of what their study says about Obamacare suspect.
We cannot forget that the Mayo Clinic and its people were some of the first jumping on the Obamacase bandwagon.
This propoganda piece falls right in line with Moochell’s Food Nazi program.
Here there is two fast food places in every block and no farmer market either. There be no buses neither, but we find supermarket and buy food. I can eat at fast food and not get fat too. Just don’t eat too much or only fried stuff.
Yes, this should be private enterprise setting the market for insurance. I pay lower auto insurance than some others because of no tickets or accidents. I want that benefit so I drive carefully. In health insurance, I want the benefit of lower premiums because I try to take care of myself.
You just watch and see how they hype up “Obesity” and use it as a mechanism to control what everyone eats, whether they are obese or not.
The dangerous ones here are the Feds and ObamaCare
>>Obesity allows you to live the way you want
Hmmm. People “want” to live with an oxygen tube up their nose whilst wheezing along on a battery powered cart in the Ice Cream aisle?
Obamacare sure doesn’t appear to be having a positive impact on (or at least a reduction in) certain members of the obesity of The One’s primary constituency:
“New Black Panther Party chief of staff Michelle Williams talks with 10 News reporter Melanie Michael.”
Maybe it’s all the “Free” pie?
ObamaCare will not fix obesity but will cost more not to fix it.
Obesity is nothing more than a word.
Leftists love to play with words; especially words that have no objective meaning.
The illegal drug industry has made our children prisoners in their own homes. When I was a kid, we had rocks and knew how to hit a chipmunk from 60 ft away. We were climbing trees to see who could climb the tallest tree and sliding down the branches from 30 feet up—it was quite the ride. We dug tunnels six feet deep and 20 ft long, tree forts to have a view, built buggies to go down the street with the hill and built wings for our bicycles to fly in the air. We swung on ropes from the highest branch of an old Magnolia tree and played football in the back yard with ten of the neighborhood kids—girls included. There was just cigarettes and alcohol and three channels of TV. No drug pushers (we would have treated them with one of our rocks). But when our mothers called us in for dinner, we all said “Oh no!” It was time to go indoors and we just hated it when our fun had to end.
Now the kids are safe and fat and don’t know how to throw a decent rock.
Good, they’ll live longer.
>> “Obesity is an enormous problem, leading to things such as heart disease and diabetes.” <<
Diabetes (type II) causes ‘obesity’ heart disease, and cancer.
‘Obesity’ and heart disease are symptoms, not diseases themselves.
Type II diabetes is mostly caused by un-natural oils, such as margarine, shortening, and most poly unsaturated oils. If you wouldn’t eat the seed that an oil comes from, don’t use it. http://www.cancertutor.com/Diabetes/Diabetes_Type_II.htm
Speaking of “chubby’s”....have you noticed that they also wear clothing that clings so every roll shows? Was in a furniture store today, and one of the employees was a woman, probably in her late 20’s....nice face...but, sheesh, dressed like she was 30 lbs lighter. I’m embarrassed for these types...but, they sure don’t seem to be....
It is simple to understand why Americans keep getting fatter... we have increasingly sedentary life styles and readily available high calorie convenience foods. This trend is going to continue... The only way the government is going to have any effect on it is if they screw the economy so badly that there is a shortage of food. I don't doubt that four more years of Obama could put us on that road.
Just about everyone knows from common sense alone... the truth about the health risks of being too fat and not getting enough exercise. Most people have jobs that have almost no physical activity. We love to eat and sit around in front of our computers, and televisions, and we love other sedentary forms of entertainment as well. 99 times out of 100, just about everyone would be better off eating right and exercising regularly than making regular trips to the doctor. Going to the doctor regularly does very little to increase your health or longevity.
Of course not, fool. A diabetes "epidemic" is exactly what Obama needs and wants.
Those are Obama's "peeps" -- his primary recipients and public relations resource.
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