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should overweight people be held accountable?

someone asked this question on a thread about doctors, and it is a good question. I tend to think so!

Thu. Nov 8, 1:24pm

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well, i guess that depends. if you eat crap and have a terrible life style and overweight, then they are accountable, but for what?

if you have auto-immune diseases that cause you to be overweight, then no.

Thursday, November 08, 2007, 1:58 PM

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Would the same go for daredevils? I have a friend who has broken all kinds of bones over the years, some of them several times. His son is 14 and is a chip off the old block. Should they be held accountable for their medical bills?

I also have athletic friends who have gentler injuries (shoulder, wrist, ankle, knee problems etc.) that require some medical attention. Should they be held accountable? What about injuries sustained while woodworking or renovating without proper experience/protective gear?

And what about parents who knowingly have children even though they have inheritable disorders?

You'd think all the negatives involved with obesity would be motivation enough for someone to change. I doubt that more negativity would help.

Thursday, November 08, 2007, 2:24 PM

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I think so too OP, but they probably never will be.

Last poster you make great points. But I think the obesity epidemic is contributing to the high price in health care more than a few daredevil friends or athletes.
What percentage of America is overweight today...? I would guess it's higher than the injured athletes/daredevils...

Thursday, November 08, 2007, 3:51 PM

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Honest question: accountable for what? health care cost?

Thursday, November 08, 2007, 4:37 PM

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I thought I heard that in California they were talking about having an extra tax on soda because it contributes to obesity, which contributes to higher health care costs. Hilarious, but maybe....?

I don't know what it's like it the states, but here in Canada the government is making a big push in advertising to let people know the risks of being overweight, and really pushing healthy eating and active living. And our schools in Manitoba are now having to follow 'healthy eating' guidelines, offering healthier choices in schools. The result of this is that kids are selling black market pop out of their lockers and melted butter for their perogies!

Rambling...but the point is, lots of efforts are being made to encourage people to be healthier, but it's hard to force it on people.

Thursday, November 08, 2007, 4:50 PM

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