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Saturday, June 22, 2013

I am so glad that the American Medical Association has decided to classify obesity as a disease. This could lead to insurance companies having to pay for treatments, which could save money in the long run by postponing or even preventing weight related health conditions. It has always seemed crazy to me that they would pay for the conditions that are caused by excess weight but would not pay to prevent the conditions. It is time that people realized that being over weight is more than just a cosmetic issue.
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    Hmmm... frankly I think the pros outweigh the cons by a long shot. Yes, I think the cons are a definitely possibility, but . . . and isn't there always a big BUTT! IF we can tackle obesity, the co-morbidities will be decreased AND so will the life span and those will positively affect things as well. As for me, I am glad it's being recognized. It IS certainly something that is a result of our choices BUT (again!) some of those choices are physically motivated (metabolic imbalances, for example) and if we understood more about that, interventions would maybe be more effective.

    Great blog. I join you in being happy @ the recognition.
    2684 days ago
    As alcoholism is a disease, I see the similarities.
    There is 'No Free Lunch" - we 'the people' ultimately will be the ones paying!

    Pro - 1. possibility of research money.
    2. insurance co. pay for treatment
    3. more 'socially acceptable'

    Con - 1. increased insurance premiums (pre-existing condition and payment for treatment has to come from somewhere
    2. used as an 'excuse' to not change behavior
    3. companies that refine or genetically alter food are being given a reason to not accept responsibility for playing a part in the problem (like the cigarette companies did for years)
    2686 days ago
  • LJOYCE55
    However, if obesity is a disease, then our insurance premiums will go up proportional to the cost of prevention that is covered by the insurance companies. Sort of a catch-22.
    2686 days ago
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