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Whoa! Now here's a serious weight problem!

by Kiddpeat / January 5, 2005 1:41 AM PST
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It does raise a question, though, ...
by Bill Osler / January 5, 2005 3:11 AM PST

I can't pose the question without sounding heartless, but:
Why are we (all Americans) paying for what amounts to long term care to help somebody who cannot/will not follow a diet? Realistically, what he is suffering from could be facetiously labeled as "biscuit poisoning"

I understand that it is hard to control weight, and I do not mean to trivialize the problem. I'm not even opposed to having Medicare pay for medical treatment of obesity. That said, this is not a simply a case of obesity. This patient has serious health problems that appear to be self inflicted. What about a little personal responsibility?

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It's a legitimate question....
by Josh K / January 5, 2005 4:07 AM PST

....but opens up a bit of a can of worms. You have to define "self-inflicted."

If a person needs a bypass because they ate too much fast food or too many eggs for too long, would that be considered self-inflicted? Or how about smoking or alcohol/drug-related illnesses? Are illnesses related to pollution self-inflicted? After all, you can avoid smog by moving to a cleaner place.

The line would have to be defined before it could be drawn.

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What if fat people refused to pay the insurance costs
by Kiddpeat / January 5, 2005 7:26 AM PST

of thin people? There are a lot of them these days. Should teetotalers be penalized for their unhealthy lifestyle? We would soon Balkanize the health care system, and try to control how people live.

I have noticed, however, a possible McDonald's strategy to avoid lawsuits. Their chairs simply will not accomodate fat people. The chair back is positioned close to the table edge, and cannot be moved. If you can't fit into the space, you can't sit down in the restaurant. Although I still fit, it looks pretty Machiavelion to me. Other fast food joints have ordinary chairs.

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