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Originally posted by snowspirit
If obesity is now a disease, does that mean those people that are obese now have a pre-existing condition? What does that do to the health insurance of people that have diseases that could be caused by obesity, like type 2 diabetes, etc? Is their obamacare cost going to rise even more
As it stands, insurance policies "generally exclude obesity treatment," Aronne said Wednesday on "CBS This Morning," which limits the treatment of obesity-related conditions, including "diabetes, high blood pressure, even cancers [that] are caused by obesity."
Aronne explained that for clinically obese patients, treatment is not as simple as eating less and exercising more.
"Once obesity is established, there are physical mechanisms that take hold that make it very difficult for people to lose weight," he said.
"As people gain weight, damage occurs to the signalling pathways between the fat cells, the stomach, the intestine and the brain," Aronne said. "The brain can't tell how much food is coming in and how much fat is stored."
Medical therapies and procedures like the lap-band or gastric bypass surgeries are courses of treatment that may now be included in insurance coverage, based on the AMA's decision.
Whether it actually is a disease or not, it was a right decision in my opinion. Obesity is a huge problem in US, costing billions of extra dollars a year for the country (of also other taxpayer´s money) + giving a bad example for the future generations. That is something that should be fought with. Unfortunately in other countries also overweight is becoming the new "normal", even though it is not and some of the example of it is coming from US, whether we like it or not... This decisions will hopefully lead to more government intervention, whether taxing fast food/soft drinks higher, banning fast-food and unhealthy meals from schools or just investing much more to health-related education and campaigns for awareness of this issue. I know many people would call it "nannying", but well, if too many people weren´t like kids and failed to take responsibility over themselves as grownups should do in the first place, somebody has to nanny, as this is negatively affecting the society as a whole.
Originally posted by txinfidel
First you say it's a tax burden, then in almost the same breathe you say that you're ok with being taxed for it. Would you make up your mind already?
Then could you also tell me why YOU are willing to be punished for other people's bad habits and choices?
The hypocrisy of some of you people is un fathomable. If you want to know what's wrong with America, because its not obesity....it's you. Look in the mirror!
You have sheep written all over your forehead.
But I suppose it's all the fat people's fault.