68 million Americans are morbidly obese

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    Nov 10, 2009 1:21 AM GMT
    According to USA Today 68 million Americans are mobidly obese. This is csusing a lot of health care issues today.
  • JayneCobb

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    Nov 10, 2009 3:49 AM GMT
    Uhm...
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    Nov 10, 2009 3:51 AM GMT
    *causing

    That's what happens when any animal doesn't have to preform manual labor for it's food, just look at some of those zoo animals. Ironic that our quest for substance is now doing more harm then help.
    Solution: Build more stairs and less escalators/elevators.

    Being borderline underweight, I guess I'm not included in this 68 million.
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    Nov 10, 2009 4:00 AM GMT
    So what? This could be the universe's way of culling the herd
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    Nov 10, 2009 4:10 AM GMT
    Over 147 billion dollars of health care go to obese people and their associated problems a year, well...according to the CDC that is.
  • bmw0

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    Nov 10, 2009 4:39 AM GMT
    It's gross! I dont know what people don't understand about moderation. it's not that hard....
  • Celticmusl

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    Nov 10, 2009 5:02 AM GMT
    Yaho0 said*causing

    That's what happens when any animal doesn't have to preform manual labor for it's food, just look at some of those zoo animals. Ironic that our quest for substance is now doing more harm then help.
    Solution: Build more stairs and less escalators/elevators.

    Being borderline underweight, I guess I'm not included in this 68 million.


    Pay people to come to an energy facility and generate electricity by pedaling bikes, or using ellipticals. You lose weight and make money. BOOM problem solved......Next!
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    Nov 10, 2009 5:04 AM GMT

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  • danisnotstr8

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    Nov 10, 2009 5:07 AM GMT
    And so now, I'll have to pay higher premiums on health insurance as required by the government.... in order to finance their doctor bills.

    Did I mention that I don't have insurance right now? That I'm in better shape than almost anyone I know? And that I've been to the doctor three times in the past five years? But I'm gonna have to pay 3,000 yearly for health insurance so these FAT LAZY FUCKS can all have insurance too...

    Uggh. I am so disgusted right now.
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    Nov 10, 2009 5:11 AM GMT
    There are some big companies (I think KeyCorp is one of them) that will pick up the employees portion of the health insurance premiums if the employees go to a gym X times a week for X minutes (can't remember the numbers). When I first heard about this I was really surprised, but I figure these companies aren't dumb about their overhead costs. They know it's well worth it to them to have a healthier workforce in the money that they'll save in health care costs.

    Probably a happier workforce too. All those endorphins.
  • ep83

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    Nov 10, 2009 5:18 AM GMT
    While all the health "reform" bills under consideration have major flaws in their ability to control costs (i.e. limited or none because of a refusal to allow for a Medicare-for-all style single payer system available to anyone who wants it), prohibitions on various underwriting and benefit provision practices could realign the interests of the health industry toward at least recognizing prevention as an important part of their bottom line instead of an unprofitable cost-sink.

    This argument is well developed by Michael Pollan in an Op-Ed in the New York Times from September. While I think he is overly optimistic about the degree to which rent seeking would lead AHIP and other industry players to act, it is an interesting point about lobbying power and the potential to realign the interests so that they are not all completely invested in the status quo of wasteful and unhealthy agribusiness subsidies.
  • Celticmusl

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    Nov 10, 2009 5:18 AM GMT
    Neophoenician saidThere are some big companies (I think KeyCorp is one of them) that will pick up the employees portion of the health insurance premiums if the employees go to a gym X times a week for X minutes (can't remember the numbers). When I first heard about this I was really surprised, but I figure these companies aren't dumb about their overhead costs. They know it's well worth it to them to have a healthier workforce in the money that they'll save in health care costs.

    Probably a happier workforce too. All those endorphins.


    I work at a gym. There are tons of employers, both large corporations, and small businesses, that will pay for premiums and the cost of the gym membership, if the member can verify they visit the gym twice a week or a few times a month.
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    Nov 10, 2009 5:47 AM GMT
    morbidly obese people contribute hugely to your economy , so keep feeding them.
    They buy TV's , the bigger the better, they buy enormous amounts of junk ,
    high salt, high sugar, highly processed food.
    They go to movies and stadiums or anywhere where they can just sit and wait for the world to entertain them ... and they pay money for it.
    They buy BIG cars, meaning american cars, trucks and any form of gas guzzlers.

    They need oversize clothes, preferably from Target or WalMArt . Still , it takes gigantic amounts of fabric ( usually synthetic ).

    so, what's a few billions spent to keep them alive.


  • drypin

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    Nov 10, 2009 7:00 AM GMT
    Wouldn't it be SOO much nicer to live in a country where the sick and uninsured just died on the side of the roads and a truck just came along in the morning and scooped them up and disposed of them?
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    Nov 10, 2009 8:04 AM GMT
    JayneCobb saidUhm...
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    Ditto
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    Nov 10, 2009 9:39 AM GMT
    drypin saidWouldn't it be SOO much nicer to live in a country where the sick and uninsured just died on the side of the roads and a truck just came along in the morning and scooped them up and disposed of them?


    No, it´s much better living in a country with a single payer system which comes from tax though... though you do have to limit the number of illegal, pointless wars entered into in order to fund it. Anyway, in your ideal country who pays for the trucks, huh? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 10, 2009 11:36 AM GMT
    There are a lot of obese people.

    So?

    What sort of discussion are we supposed to have here? Oh good, LOLFATTY! Let's blame fat people for increasing insurance costs when the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of insurance companies.

    What did you want to happen G_Force? This is just trolling a demographic not represented much on this site.
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    Nov 10, 2009 11:56 AM GMT
    drypin saidWouldn't it be SOO much nicer to live in a country where the sick and uninsured just died on the side of the roads and a truck just came along in the morning and scooped them up and disposed of them?


    ROTFL..
    *sorry*
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    Nov 10, 2009 12:11 PM GMT
    GuiltyGear said
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    ahahahahah, you wish everyone was chubby! icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 10, 2009 1:10 PM GMT
    Celticmusl said Pay people to come to an energy facility and generate electricity by pedaling bikes, or using ellipticals. You lose weight and make money. BOOM problem solved......Next!


    Why not make office computers so that they work only when powered by an attached stationary bike? Multiple problems solved -- office workers get lean, company carbon footprint shrinks!
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    Nov 10, 2009 1:45 PM GMT
    Shenanigans. There's no way
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    Nov 10, 2009 1:48 PM GMT
    it's all the cupcake's fault:

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    Nov 10, 2009 2:25 PM GMT
    http://thisiswhyyourefat.com/
  • neon4u

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    Nov 10, 2009 3:26 PM GMT
    First off I find it hard to believe that 1 out of every five americans are MORBIDLY obese. Yes, there is a problem eating habits but I don't see 1/5 grossly overweight. I see a lot of people overweight but not morbidly overweight.

    2nd... junk food doesn't make you fat. I have a burger and/or dessert once in a while.... so "CENTER's" post is inaccurate. Foods are to be enjoyed just in moderation... you just can't make a diet of fast food/fatty foods.

    3rd... as for the tax on health insurance.... I don't buy that either... why you might ask... first go to a mall or other common place. You might see many people grossly overweight. Notice their age. Now, of those people how many are say older than 60 years of age. I've done this and I don't see that many. The reason, the overweight die before the ones who maintain average weight. So the grossly overweight don't tax the system any more than one who lives into their 70s or 80s. In total they probably drain the same $$ out of the system. Couple this with the obese not benefiting from Social Security past retirement (because they die earlier-- I think we all agree on this) they may actually save tax payers money in the long run.
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    Nov 10, 2009 3:51 PM GMT
    neon4u saidFirst off I find it hard to believe that 1 out of every five americans are MORBIDLY obese. Yes, there is a problem eating habits but I don't see 1/5 grossly overweight. I see a lot of people overweight but not morbidly overweight.


    Because you're in San Diego. Go to Mississippi, Alabama or West Virginia and you'll think the number is low. My friends in Ohio who worked in nursing, visiting home care and physical therapy all told me that most people have no idea how many morbidly obese there are because many never go out in public if they can avoid it, so the percentage is much higher than the impression you would get from the people one sees at the mall or the post office.

    However, I DO think the O.P. is confusing "obese" (which is just 30 lbs. overweight) with "morbidly obese"

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