Get Paid For Being Overweight
The US is one of the most unhealthy countries in the world. With fast food restaurants on every corner and Krispy Kreme doughnuts offered in many gas stations and convenient stores it’s no wonder that our country has a problem with obesity. We have become a fast-food nation, always on the run, and usually looking for something quick and convenient. Obesity has become a major problem for businesses, schools, families, government, and includes people of all ages. There are more kids with diabetes under the age of twelve than ever before, and in a majority of those cases diabetes was followed by obesity. What really concerns me is the government’s involvement in allocating Social Security to people who suffer from obesity. If you are obese, you may be entitled to disability payments from the Social Security Administration (SSA)! According to the SSA, $77 million are paid monthly to approximately 137,000 persons who met obesity requirements for disability. http://www.obesity.org/subs/disability/ Are we really drying up our Social Security because people are overweight? I realize that some people are born with bad genetics or have suffered injury that don’t allow them to be active, but after seeing the crowded lines at McDonalds and Krispy Kreme everyday during lunch time I am convinced that many obese people can prevent or help themselves from being obese. I have a good friend that has been working out with me five days a week for about 8 months now, who has changed his diet, and has dropped from 285 pounds to under 250 pounds. He will be the first to admit that he used to be lazy and had a poor diet, but now he is doing something about it.
Posted by Bob at 9/21/2005 07:17:00 PM