Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

Obesity is one of the most prevalent health conditions in America today. It affects individuals of all ages, genders and walks of life. It is also a condition that causes a variety of health problems; such as diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure , just to name a few. Despite all of this many insurance companies don’t cover obesity and use it as grounds for rejecting coverage.

Many in the healthcare field believe that the system is seriously flawed, and it’s not hard to see their point. While many conditions that are caused by obesity are covered, the root of the problem is not. Even for those who are looking to prevent obesity or seek early treatment are hitting the wall. Only in recent years have insurers began to cover gastric by-pass. The full article can be found here .

There is no doubt that the system needs reform, the problem, however, is coming to an agreement on what that looks like. Regardless, there has never been a better time to begin taking a more active role in improving your health .

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4 Comments

  1. Michael says:

    Years ago I applied to Kaiser (HMO) to get a personal health insurance coverage (I am self-employed). I am 6’1″ and weighed about 250 lbs. I was rejected outright despite having no pre-existing conditions. I was told that I could weigh no more than 235 lbs to get the policy. I’m sure health providers are just as strict these days. It seems like a large number of Americans aren’t even going to be able to get health insurance — even if they can afford it — simply because of their weight. Doesn’t really seem right to me! Because of policies like this, we need Obamacare in a bad way.

  2. Josie Baker says:

    Obesity is a national crisis. I am a nurse and I see the problem first hand. Shame on insurers for not dealing with this issue fairly. The healthcare industry needs to support those struggling with the problem. On the other hand, people need to be more responsible with their health. Put down that donut and grab a apple instead. Stop watching TV so much and go for a walk in the evening. Your body will thank you!

  3. Mike C. says:

    One thing is for sure … banning large size sodas is NOT the solution to the obesity epidemic! We should be able to buy Big Gulps if we want. I’m tired of Nanny government policies!

  4. Chloe R. says:

    The trouble with obesity is that it has not been given proper attention until recent years. Now that it has become the number one preventable cause of illness, it seems like the awareness campaigns are too little too late. Insurance companies should play a proactive role in reducing obesity, because over the long run, it would save them millions of dollars in related health care costs.

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