Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I posed this question on one of the threads. I was at the store yesterday and there was an enormous woman in one of the electric shopping carts. I did not look at what she had in her basket, but I thought that she was avoiding the one exercise available to all of us: walking.
The elderly do not qualify for handicapped plates because, the thinking goes, disability is just part of aging. Until the old person has a secondary handicap (which is common), she parks with everyone else.
One of the things I always do it park at the back of the lot (unless it's raining) and enjoy the walk in and out. Now that obesity is a disease, someone will sue one of the states to get handicapped plates, and get them. After that, there will be a LOT of handicapped plates out there. Will that mean parking lots will have to reserve half the lot as handicapped? Will the guy in the wheelchair van have to park beyond the obese? Will the obese get hangtags (which are usually given for injury and expire) or will they get plates, which are permanent?
Once the courts get hold of obesity as a disease, obesity will become an advantage to many people, giving them special treatment. I think we will see people GAINING weight in order to get the handicapped tags. A woman on the other thread said that her sister intentionally gained 50 pounds so that her insurance company would pay for bypass surgery. I don't think that is what anyone expected when insurance started paying for bypass surgery, but they should have. It's a whole lot easier to gain 50 pounds to get what you want than it is to lose them.
Parking at the back of a lot won't bother me at all, but it will bother mothers with vans full of kids, people like my husband walking much more slowly since his stroke (we had a handicapped tag when he was wheelchair bound, but he was expected to walk when he got out of it). All those people out there looking for the easy way to lose weight will jump at the chance to have an advantage to being overweight, even though it will kill them, just the opposite of what I believe is intended.