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.