posted on Feb, 4 2013 @ 08:57 AM
Obesity and smoking should be treated the same way with regard to insurance/taxes, now that insurance is tax. Both are legal and both are choices. I
don't have to eat that extra piece of pie any more than I have to smoke that pack of cigarettes a day. If insurance for a smoker is 50% more than for
a non-smoker then it should be 50% more for an obese person as opposed to someone of a normal weight.
I understand that it is harder to control for some than others but it is pretty simple, if you consume more calories than you burn you add weight. I
don't think obese people should be shunned or looked down upon any more than smokers but the fact is both are choices that are detrimental to your
health. My wife and I both used to smoke, when she was diagnosed with cancer she was told she had to quit. Thinking I could help her by quitting too,
I quit but she was not able to so I do understand the difficulty of it. I know a lot of obese people really do "feel" hungry.
All that being said, if I don't smoke and make the effort to maintain a healthy weight why should I pay the same as someone who smokes or is obese?
I always try to encourage obese people though.
So keep your chins up.