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Obesity as Illness

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Did you see the AMA is recognizing obesity as an illness?

I hope this opens up treatment for everyone, as insurance companies are forced to pay for obesity treatments. Right now, my insurance plan (and not the company, because I know for a fact that Blue Cross/Blue Shield pays for obesity surgeries in other company plans) will pay for NOTHING having to do with obesity treatment. I hope that changes before I turn 65, not that I'm a candidate for WLS anymore anyhow. But drugs can help and there are some new ones out there that seem promising, but are prohibitively expensive right now without insurance helping cover the cost. Even counseling might help and perhaps that would be covered by insurance eventually.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the Today Show's M.D., said this morning that two-thirds of the population is considered overweight. I am in that two-thirds with a BMI at my current weight of 155 pounds coming in over 25. I need to drop 10 lbs. to get to that magic below 25 BMI, but I also figure I've got at least 15 pounds of excess skin hanging around. So I don't consider myself overweight, at least not too much!!!

I don't think I look too bad in my exercise tights, ready to go walking this morning, even if technically I'm part of that overweight majority.

As far as I'm concerned obesity has always been an illness. It's a terminal disease, that kills, usually slowly, but along the way, a person's life is lost inch by inch, by the imitations imposed by being morbidly obese. I don't have ONE episode in my past that caused my obesity--so counseling is probably not going to help me, although it might help me discover things about myself that would help me control my eating. I did not have an abusive childhood or marriage, I'm a happy person who just enjoys eating, even when I'm NOT hungry.

So I'm ill. I've worked hard to conquer my illness, but it's definitely moment to moment and I still find myself obsessed with food--thinking about my next meal before I'm done eating the current meal. I'd like to tell myself that I'm so content with my new lifestyle, that I have no fear that I will lose that control I work so hard to keep, and regain all my lost weight. But I just don't think I'm all that confident......yet.

Right now I'm wondering if it would be okay to go on our local University Campus in my exercise capris (SEE PICTURE ABOVE) to purchase the Office Suite software from the Computer Store there? How many stares would I get? Right now the campus is over-run with middle and high school kids taking part in various camps and schools. Sometimes those kids can be ruder than college kids. But I think I'm confident enough that I look okay to venture down to Campus dressed like this. I'll let you know if I get any rude comments.
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    I am very fortunate that my insurance company does cover costs for people who are obese and are under a doctor's care. The doctor has to submit paperwork along with the treatment plan, but then it gets approved. When I started with sparkpeople I was able to see a dietician and have it covered. The insurance company is now seeing their costs reduced because now they don't have to pay for 2 medications that I no longer need. It's this type of long term thinking that is a positive for everyone and I think is important to help reduce health care costs and improve people's lives.
    1733 days ago
    It is about time that they started thinking of Obesity as an Illness and not just a symptom. If many of us could 'just' not be obese we would!

    Thanks for brning this conversation here.

    1733 days ago
    You look great, of course ware your outfit to the campus store.
    In our paper today there was an opinion from the Editors about obesity being declared a illness. They agreeed.
    Of course I totally agree, but many don't. they think as I did at one time. It's the persons own fault and if they wanted too they would do something about it.
    I was going to post an blog about the article, but probably will take a few days for me to get to it.
    As far as worrying about weight gain, thats normal. I worry too.
    I will never feel completely comfortable. For now I know how easy it was for me a normal sized, very conscious of getting "fat", something I always hated, to gain to obese proportion's. What's to stop me from gaining again? Especially if I get hit with some depression like before.??
    I know the pit fall better now. I am more conscious of how and why I eat. So taking one day at a time, I will forever work at remaining a normal size. Even if it's a few pounds over , it won't be obese.
    Take care Pam, you have came a long ways.
    Hugs Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1733 days ago
    I got started on my path with professional help. As soon as I had an insurance that covered a nutritionist I used it. However, I am lucky to have escaped diabetes as my previous insurance (which I had for 10 years of continual weight gain) would not cover a wellness center visit without diabetes. I had high blood pressure, but that did not qualify you for the wellness center. With professional help and guidance, I was able to tailor a program for me and got on my way. Spark people has helped me with support and a community, but I would not have started without the knowledge I received from visiting a professional. Everyone should be able to see these professionals for free, paid for by big agriculture's profits made at the expense of our health.
    1733 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I think you look great. Wear those capris with pride! Yes, I heard about the AMA declaring obesity an illness. Hope it helps people.
    1734 days ago
    Good for you, you look great! I encourage you to embrace the vision of who you are now. Sometimes hard for us to do. I still struggle with believing I'm down to another size of pants. BTW - are you still Overweight according to age & height? You may be at the right weight for you body.
    1734 days ago
  • CC3833
    Great job!

    I am considered obese according to BMI. But I don't use BMI at all as a measurement. I am 5'0 and they say it doesn't work for people under 5'2. I just want to feel comfy in my skin that is the "weight" I'm going for!
    1734 days ago
    I too think you look great!

    emoticon Much success on your journey! emoticon

    1734 days ago
    I did go out and get the Office Software on Campus yesterday, wearing my exercise capris. I got nothing from the kids on Campus. Not a single stare and certainly not a comment. But I still prefer to wear long pants when I go out--my legs are a mess--varicose veins, bumps, excess skin (even below my knee!), and I just feel more confident when they're all covered up. But I am proud of my butt--it was always so huge and I am so happy that it shrunk when I lost weight.

    Thanks for all the positive and supportive comments. I LOVE my Spark Friends!
    1734 days ago
    You are beautiful.......inside AND out!!! I do agree that it is an illness and should be treated as such. And those "rudder than college kids", well they have a long life ahead of them...........and I believe in karma..LOL
    Graygranny, co-leader of The Grandmother's Fitness Club
    1734 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    I think you look fine. Hope you went and got your stuff. I do agree that obesity is an illness and should be taken more seriously.
    1734 days ago
    You look great emoticon Thanks for the new picture!
    1734 days ago
    You can absolutely go out in those tights. You look great! 2/3 of the population? WOW!
    1734 days ago
    I think you look fine. I stop at the grocery store and/or coffee shop on the way home from the gym almost every day, wearing exercise clothes (even leggings or yoga pants). I don't care. I'm exercising, and that's what counts.
    1734 days ago
    You look awesome!
    1734 days ago
    Bet you do not get a negative comment. You look great!
    1734 days ago
    You look great to me. It won't take long to lose 15 pounds with your determination. I like to eat also.
    1734 days ago
    You look one would realize you've ever been anything but trim and fit!
    1734 days ago
    You look great! And I think those who want help may be able to get it easier now--but too many want their weight issues "fixed" without any work on their part.
    1735 days ago
    I have mixed emotions about obesity being a disease. As one physician stated in the article today, it's not a malfunction - the body is doing exactly what it ismsupposed to do with the excess intake. On the other hand, alcohalism and drug addiction ar classified as diseases - and, while we HAVE to eat, you don't have to smoke, take illicit drugs, or drink alcohal. Can I call into work "sick and tired of being fat"?
    1735 days ago
    You look good! By all means go.
    1735 days ago
  • RUNGRL2013
    News Flash: You look slim, healthy, beautiful!! emoticon I think it's time to accept that you're a success. In the past maybe people stared for different reasons, but from the pic in this post, the only stares you'd be getting are of admiration. Now go out there and work that thang!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1735 days ago
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