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Clarification about Yesterday's Post

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I wanted to clarify somethings I talked about in yesterday's post ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
) now that I'm not as emotionally charged.

Thank you, in advance, to the people who responded, for challenging me to think through my opinion.

On one hand: there are people who are obese who refuse to do anything. The way insurance premiums work is we all pay into a pool and when you have a health concern, you draw out of that pool. The problem is that people who are unhealthy and obese tend to draw a lot more out of the pool with high blood pressure medications, CPAP, surgery, diabetes, etc.

So should I, a healthy "skinny" individual pay so that an obese person who refuses to lose weight to get healthy can continue to abuse the system?

On the other hand: I was obese (probably morbidly obese) and the only way I could get healthy was to cure the addiction. Curing the addiction didn't come in the form of an insurance company saying, "You're fat and going to pay more money". I would have just complained and paid up, to be honest. It wouldn't have motivated me to change.

I am most certainly NOT condoning a "do nothing" approach. I am not saying, like some Health at Every Size advocates do, that you can be obese and healthy (though I'm sure there are people, like heavy-weight lifter, Holley Mangold, who can; check this out: sports.espn.go.com/nba/n
). I am saying that there shouldn't be a stigma for being fat and that raising prices on insurance premiums won't make an unhealthy obese person go, "Oh, crap, I have to pay X amount more per month for insurance - I should lose weight to go into the next lower bracket!"

It is my personal opinion that we need to start hitting at the food industry for tighter restrictions and better quality HEALTHIER products.
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    There are no easy answers here. In general, I guess I'd like to have lower health premiums because I'm in good health. However, we can't force people who NEED health care to pay more than they can afford. It's not like car insurance where bad drivers can lose the privilege to drive. Health care is essential.

    I'm also horrified at the garbage and toxic crap that manufacturers put in food, but my solution is to educate myself and make good choices. I'm really blessed that I can afford to eat fresh, unprocessed food and it's readily available where I live.

    I also eat ice cream on occasion.

    1488 days ago
    Does raising the cost of using crack stop addicts from using crack? Just saying...........
    1489 days ago
    Sometimes the only way people will get motivated is through money, like not paying the higher premiums or winning an office pool for most weight % lost or something. I think the shift toward making the food industry healthier is happening just not fast enough. With Obamacare came the nutritional menus and calorie counts in some states. I think those will eventually become mandatory everywhere. Every restaurant has some kind of "lean" option even if it isn't that healthy. Honestly, I don't think insurance companies care about making people healthier in general. Employers only care about what it costs them in rates. But that is why there are other programs out there and free tools like Sparkpeople. At the end of the day, you can't lose the weight for them.
    1489 days ago
    Personal responsibility isn't for everyone.
    1489 days ago
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