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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fat America and Healthcare

We've been hearing a lot lately about health care with the Democrats attempting to revamp the system. One of the big things we hear about is of course the cost, "the rising cost of healthcare." The government wants to spend money to reduce the cost for all the Americans who love to over drug themselves, and over indulge.

According the latest study on obesity; Americans are getting fatter. Resulting in us having been, and continuing to be, the fattest country in the world. According to MSNBC the "obesity rates among adults rose in 23 states over the past year, and no state experienced a significant decline." Yet I have not heard a single politician on either side step up and say, how about we look at the root cause of the problem and try to fix that instead - fat people. According to the study "Medicare spends anywhere from $1,400 to $6,000 more annually on health care for an obese senior than for the non-obese." The fatties need diabetes care, have heart problems, and any number of other obese related issues.

Why is the government not focusing on the root problem? We can shit talk a smoker, but not a fat person. Instead of spending billions on healthcare reform, why not spend millions to promote health and wellness? Why not implement laws that require school to sell healthy lunches? Why?!?! Because we are a nation of political correctness and no politician wants to offend potential voters. Especially when those voters are older and overweight.

On an interesting side note: Eight of the 10 fattest states are in the South, with the Northeast and West slightly fitter than the rest of the country. The southern states usually being the ones who vote Republican, the party of small government will be the ones most in need of government sponsored medical assistance.

3 comments:

Rooster said...

Well, this sums up one thing. I need to start a movement for anti-smoker-discrimination. This way, the government will now pour millions, maybe even billions, more money towards the cure for cancer. Why? Because you know they would be too afraid to offend smokers by pouring money into smoking cessation awareness.

Who's with me?

Seattle Freeze said...

In a fucked up, round about way....YESSSSSS! I'm in!

CM said...

And three makes an organization.