I will not be making any political statements here, but with all the recent talk about Health Care reform, I thought I should bring it up. To quote my friend Dr. Ed: “For true healthcare reform to take place in America, we need to change our way of thinking. The “healthcare” system we have in place is not “health” care… it is “sickness” care.”
A recent CDC published study indicates that the United States spends close to $150 billion on obesity, about the same as smoking. In addition, they found that obese patients spend about $1400 dollars more per year on medical expenses, than do their slimmer counterparts. An interesting point was made that Medicare recipients cost even more as their obesity was often coupled with multiple co-morbidities such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
If americans decided to change our lifestyles by eliminating processed foods, eating correct portion sizes and exercising regularly, we could greatly reduce the amount of dollars needed for “health” care. Just my non-political two cents! 🙂 Make today your beginning to a healthy lifestyle.