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Obesity epidemic shows perils to health reform

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posted on Jan, 25 2009 @ 10:37 AM
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Obesity epidemic shows perils to health reform


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CHICAGO (Reuters) - For years, Bob Clegg's insurance company paid out some $3,000 a month for doctor visits, drugs and medical devices to treat the health problems caused by his obesity.

In September 2007, when his weight peaked at 380 pounds (172 kg), he had gastric bypass surgery, and now his health issues -- joint pain, sleep apnea and esophageal problems -- have vanished, and so have the medical bills
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posted on Jan, 25 2009 @ 10:38 AM
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With over 60% of the adult population officially obese this will put a massive strain on the medical services. With food so cheap in the US and Americans addicted to sugar its going to be an uphill struggle.

The rise of the fast food joints and convenience foods has made it easy for people to become lazy and thus overweight. I know many will say its down to the individual but surely these fast fiood companies play some part in this problem or do they. Is it just a case of food and booze being cheap and provided in massive quantites being the problem or a general lack of willpower on behalf of the consumer.

Whatever the reason it is going to cause alot of health problems ofr the future.

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posted on Jan, 25 2009 @ 10:52 AM
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surly gastric band operations should be given free to overweight people .. it would put a full stop on these people from putting on more weight and end future problems.... by the way im 25 stone
.. my heart pumps pure fat around my body


[edit on 25-1-2009 by fatdad]



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