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Should Fat People Pay More For Insurance?

Anonymous1672 Wrote: May 27, 2012 12:24 PM
Yes, & I will tell you why. I was in the medical field for years and the majority of over weight/obese adults & children are in their position, because they do not have the will power to stop bending their elbow while eating all the time. Children lack exercises today because gym is not mandatory & X-box. Adults eat for various reasons, stressed, lazy, brain washed that fat is in the eye of the beholder, it's my thyroid, etc. You name the excuse, it's out there. People grow up in households that have poor eating habits & poor to non nutritional education. But why should I have to pay (via my health care cost) for someone's self inflicted over weight problems. If I work hard to exercise/eat right, why do I have to be forced to via BO health
Mark in CA Wrote: May 27, 2012 1:09 PM
AGREE! I still work in the medical field. I estimate we would have at least 25% fewer people hospitalized if it weren't for weight related problems. I see it all the time. Excess weight causes or exacerbates type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, joint disease, respiratory problems, and certain cancers. On top of that, overweight patients in hospitals contribute to nursing staff musculoskeletal injuries caused when nurses and aides move and reposition fat people.

It makes sense to increase insurance premiums on fat people just as accident prone drivers pay higher insurance premiums than safe drivers.

In our long road trip to my grandfather’s memorial service, we had a conversation I would like to invite you to be a part of. It’s clear that America has an obesity problem. How do we solve it?

Education isn’t working. Will power of people just isn’t strong enough and almost weekly it seems like we get new information on something. One week it’s the Mediterranean diet, the next Paleo and so on.

My opinion is that changing economic incentives will change outcomes. Governments have responded by taxing sugary drinks, candy, and fast food. However, just eating at a...