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Should obesity be considered a disease? SP article.

Sunday, November 03, 2013


I think this is a good idea. First of all insurance is more likely to pay for things like exercise opportunities like membership in a health club, pool, zumba class, WW meetings, etc.

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    They just want to make it a disease just to give more drugs out and not help the people that need to be helped. Just read what they say and in it is all about drugs or that surgery that messed up the insides and most people end up back where they were before the surgery or in poorer health later down the road
    1568 days ago
    SO if obestiy is a disease then it is safe to say that Surgical procedures for obesity should be covered with no criteria other than a high BMI...... no previous attempts at less intrusive measures, no psychological work up. .... what about medical coverage for the removal of extra skin - tummy tucks etc..... after all the only reason the person needs it is because of a disease.

    Who is tired of people not "owning their issues"?
    1570 days ago
  • SHERYLP461
    My insurance already pays for gym memberships, preventative medicine should be covered always
    1570 days ago
    I agree Chris
    1570 days ago
    Thanks for this one - it has caused a lot of stir and people have VERY strong opinions about it,.
    1570 days ago
    My sister is one who is all in favor of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). In our conversations she points to Mammograms being included are "prevention". I am not opposed to it. But when I asked about Weight Watchers or gym memberships or race costs she fairly recoiled. "You can pay for them yourself! Those have nothing to do with health care." I pointed out that by the same token, mammograms were not preventative; strictly speak they were only diagnostic. "But weight loss/management programs and fitness program were 100% preventative."

    I guess she is of the opinion that poor people shouldn't have access to such things.
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  • JIM546
    GI Warrior 9
    Gunny Gym is back from cross training with the Navy. Those guys really have it soft. He hardly ever thought about the “GI Diet Wars” for five months but he did put on a few pounds. Now he finds himself back on the front again battling Scale lines. Portion control is where he needs to post extra sentries because he likes the taste of even healthy foods. He loves the taste of so many foods that it makes nutrition a problem. He eats broccoli, cabbage, double fiber bread, low fat yogurt, fruit, nuts, and oatmeal with skim milk already. He writes in a journal, and tracks meals until he burns out and needs some time off. He walks 30 minutes every day. He has made healthy changes after healthy changes. He has changed so many bad habits that he should be invisible by now, but he is not. Every little change should make a difference. Why doesn’t it?
    The answer is metabolism which affects how he maintains, loses, or gains weight. The Gunny has gained about a pound a year since he was 15. This goes in cycles sometimes up sometimes forced down but always back to the trend line over time. He is now approaching 75 (that is 60 years) and he was 60 scale lines from victory. One pound a year is only 3,500 calories. That is an average of 9.6 calories too many each day for sixty years. Why haven’t little changes made the difference? I guess they have but there is some unknown regulator in his body that is set 9.6 calories a day too high. Someday maybe a little laboratory mouse will show people how to correct their metabolism and then the GI warrior will be able to retire and have a beer that he doesn’t have to count.. “Giving up sausage is the Wurst.”
    So! Should the GI Warrior give up in his war on Scale? Never! Spark people is life for him because he needs to be healthy and happy. The Scale War must go on for him to stay that way.
    What good would it do to be a disease? Insurance companies would just use it against anyone that tried to get help and lawyers would have a ball defining it.

    1571 days ago
    I agree that obesity should be classified as a disease. If you are obese, not just a little overweight but obese, it's not a simple as: eat less food. It is a complicated issue that's physical, mental, & emotional. If we look at this as a disease then perhaps we can change the way we treat obesity, both medically and socially.
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    Obesity is the result of over-eating. Certain foods are terribly addictive. Others are so processed there is no nutritive value, so we are inclined to keep eating trying to get the nutrition we need. More education at an earlier age in school will help. I think maybe the doctors need to start prescribing apples, natural foods and organic food before handing out more pills. I think sending patients to nutritionists for education would be wise and to counselors to help them deal with emotional eating and to the gym to get educated on safe ways to exercise w/o causing injury.
    1571 days ago
  • LIS193
    It's another ploy to sell drugs etc - it will only help the "health care" and drug industries. They are interested in selling their "product" nit in curing anything.
    It all comes down to personal responsibility - stop eating processed "food" and eat the real stuff!
    1571 days ago
    Unlike many diseases there is so much hope to deal with obesity... but many people need help, education and support. I agree. Yes, make it a disease. CErtainly my eating disorder is a disease. If is such a complicated thing. People get stuck in loops. Food can be a drug. Yes, yes, yes.
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    Comment edited on: 11/3/2013 10:03:02 AM
    prevention can mean your health and even your life I have been on a program like that for 5 years I learned so much Ignorance is not bless
    1571 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    i agree if they really get exercise and diet help but my fear is that they will push more drugs and surgeries.
    1571 days ago
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