Thursday, December 29, 2011
First off, I know that I alone am responsible for this weight. So I can understand when people say they don't want to pay higher premiums for obese people.
Still...I am so mad that my insurance company does not provide coverage whatsoever for anything obesity related. I'm not interested in bariatric surgery, I just want to meet with a nutritionist. But the insurance will only cover such a meeting if the diagnosis is diabetes, which I DON'T have. I want to sit down with someone who will tell me how many calories to eat a day, how many grams of fat, sugar, etc. Yes, Spark gives me suggestions but I need real-world help. A real person would base things on my level of activity, lack of cooking skills, take my food likes/dislikes into account. My family doc referred me to a nutritionist today but since there is no coverage, I can't afford $300 a pop per session.
It amazes me that insurance companies will pay for all kinds of health problems related to or caused by or associated with obesity (hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc.) but won't pay for anything to help us in our fight against the weight itself.