Tuesday May 26, 2009 - Solve the Healthcare Crisis?

Just look around you the next time you are in a public place and it won't be long until you see many people who are overweight and out of shape. Particularly young people, many who are in 'disguise' (i.e. they look thin but are woefully unfit and based on research probably even more at risk than even their overweight counterparts). You here so much nowadays about the "healthcare crisis" in America. People supposedly can't afford to have insurance and they are constantly getting sick leaving them unproductive and thus contributing to the enormous costs of healthcare that those with insurance are paying for. I propose that a big part of this so called "crisis" is the simple fact that people are lazy and undisciplined when it comes to taking care of themselves. All you have to do to find evidence of this is look around you. People eating excessive amounts of food, much of it unhealthy. People drinking excessive amounts of sugar laden drinks which includes alcohol. It's scary when you walk around the mall and at every turn you see people dressed inappropriately for their body....many of them children...particularly young girls. When you have a huge gut it's not cool to wear skin tight clothing or have a half shirt on....some parents need to inform their kids of this. You tell me how a 120lb high school senior goes away to college and several years later comes home a 170 lb overweight, out of shape health risk in just a few years. Hmmm....could it be pizza, burgers and a heck of a lot of alcohol..... The way to lessen health care costs is not to turn the system into another inefficient government run bureaucracy where bureaucrats decide who gets what treatment. The way to lessen costs is to promote lifestyles that lead to health and wellness (regular exercise, self control, and discipline). It's always interesting to here people complain that healthy food and related products etc are too expensive but at the same time you see people who work minimum wage jobs find a way to own 50 inch flat screens, have the highest priced cable package, smoke a carton of cigarettes a week, and eat $5 bags of potato chips. Looks to me like the supposed health care crisis is more about priorities and habits than it is about anything else. It starts with health and wellness professionals who are horrible examples themselves. If you're 30 lbs over weight, rarely ever exercise and party like a rockstar yet think you can get others into shape as a trainer, think again. This is all to common, as are overweight nurses, doctors etc who smoke on their lunch breaks and eat fast food every day. These are the people who are supposed to be educating and caring for the people who don't know what to do. You can't give what you don't have. So if we want to change the healthcare problem we need to start with proper example and influence coming from the top. People listen and follow other people, so if you want to do your part in this area do so by being an example of health and vitality and people will want to copy you. On the other hand look and see just how quickly they will copy you when you are a bad example.

Personal responsibility, lets all start taking some and then these problems will diminish.