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Frustrated with insurance

Thursday, December 29, 2011

First off, I know that I alone am responsible for this weight. So I can understand when people say they don't want to pay higher premiums for obese people.

Still...I am so mad that my insurance company does not provide coverage whatsoever for anything obesity related. I'm not interested in bariatric surgery, I just want to meet with a nutritionist. But the insurance will only cover such a meeting if the diagnosis is diabetes, which I DON'T have. I want to sit down with someone who will tell me how many calories to eat a day, how many grams of fat, sugar, etc. Yes, Spark gives me suggestions but I need real-world help. A real person would base things on my level of activity, lack of cooking skills, take my food likes/dislikes into account. My family doc referred me to a nutritionist today but since there is no coverage, I can't afford $300 a pop per session.

It amazes me that insurance companies will pay for all kinds of health problems related to or caused by or associated with obesity (hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc.) but won't pay for anything to help us in our fight against the weight itself.
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  • ECAT77
    Thanks for the great ideas! There is a wellness center one county over. Checked them out online and they actually have a new class on nutrition starting in mid-January. Just the kind of thing I want to get involved in! Of course the one thing they don't list is the price. I'll be calling on Tuesday to get more info. :)
    2361 days ago
    I feel the same way! I too wonder if I need to seek professional help. Watching all these shows like the Biggest Loser & Heavy & Ruby...they have huge weight loss results because they have people around the clock forcing them to work out and eat good meals.

    It's a way harder in the real world!

    Maybe you could check into weight loss studies or something like that...maybe they could help you with a diet plan?

    Good luck!
    2362 days ago
  • MOMKAT4310
    Don't know where you live, but look around for a college that has nutrition classes or a public school system. Not all school systems have a Registered Dietician, but some do. These people have a vested interest in good nutrition in the community and my offer services at a lower rate. Alternatively, try a local college if they have nutrition classes. Find out who teaches the classes, you may be able to get a graduate student who will work with you for much less money. We use senior students and graduate students to help many of our students and parents appreciate the low rates for tutoring. Our local wellness center offers nutrition counseling for much less than $300 a pop. Ask friends, if you are affiliated with a church or other community organization, there may be a member there who is interested in starting a nutrition group. Look for a local TOPS group, who have excellent nutrition information, or for a little more investment, try Weight Watchers. They all now look at cooking, food likes, and activity. Good Luck.
    2362 days ago
    I agree!! It is so aggravating that you just want to chew nails. I don't understand it either. Hope this work out ok for you.
    2363 days ago
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