This article was on the Reuters website a couple of days ago, and I wondered what all of my FS companions would think of it:"As America's waistline expands, costs soar"
Here are a couple things that stood out to me (copied/pasted and paraphrased from the article):
For years researchers suspected that the higher medical costs of obesity might be offset by the possibility that the obese would die young, and thus never rack up spending for nursing homes, Alzheimer's care, and other pricey items.
[However] Beta blockers for heart disease, diabetes drugs, and other treatments are keeping the obese alive longer, with the result that they incur astronomically high medical expenses in old age just like their slimmer peers.
Blue Bird is widening the front doors on its school buses so wider kids can fit.
The new performance testing proposed by transit officials for buses, assuming an average passenger weight of 175 instead of 150 pounds, arise from concerns that heavier passengers might pose a safety threat. If too much weight is behind the rear axle, a bus can lose steering.
Hospitals, too, are adapting to larger patients. The University of Alabama at Birmingham's hospital, the nation's fourth largest, has widened doors, replaced wall-mounted toilets with floor models able to hold 250 pounds or more, and bought plus-size wheelchairs (twice the price of regulars) as well as mini-cranes to hoist obese patients out of bed.
[Because of the economic costs and lost productivity due to obesity], The U.S. health care reform law of 2010 allows employers to charge obese workers 30 percent to 50 percent more for health insurance if they decline to participate in a qualified wellness program.
Any thoughts on this? Does this get polarized into either "blame the obese people" or "blame the institutions"? Are we 'promoting' obesity by adjusting to it or just trying to keep up with the average size of Americans? What would happen if these adjustments weren't made?
Someone who is busier than you is working out right now.
There will come a day when you can no longer do this. Today is not that day.