This decision has caused all sorts of controversy with many holding differing opinions and positions. The AMA’s position is that the ruling will bring the costs of treating obesity down, make it more likely covered by insurance and would also raise awareness and initiatives for treatment.
No-one needs to be told that obesity is a massive issue worldwide. Trends show that 50% of the adult population in the US will be obese by the end of 2030! Not just overweight. Obese. BMI 30+.
In Australia 14 million are overweight or obese. More than 5 million are obese. If the trend continues nearly 80% of all adults and a third of all children will be overweight or obese by 2025.
We have got to do something about this. Think of the larger impact of 80% of all adult Australians being dissatisfied with their own bodies, the knock-on effect of the decisions that people make while dealing with all the inner conflict and emotional turmoil that is going on below the surface. It’s got to stop.
The AMA are trying to take a stand and move forward to help their population, but many overweight and obese people themselves are criticising the decision:
Ragen Chastain, a ballroom dancer, writer, public speaker and self-described “fat person.” was offended, read her wise comments…
I think the best idea is to remove weight from the conversation and focus completely on health so people aren’t stigmatized for their body size… Because the more you stigmatize somebody, the more they think their body is unworthy of care and the less they care for it. People won’t take care of things they hate.”
Many doctors feel unqualified to treat obesity, and they are. It cannot be fixed with a prescription pill. Dealing with obesity requires a long term behavioral change that begins with mental and emotional awareness of self, self-love, self-compassion and self-responsibility. Those things can be taught and learnt, but GP’s aren’t the experts to go to. For that kind of long term support to shift lifestyle habits, requires a mindset specialist; CBT style positive psychologist, hypnotherapist or Meta-Coach. Someone trained in getting to the heart of the deeper issues, who can read gestures, words spoken and unspoken. Someone who can help the obese person regain a love for themselves that will allow them to come to peace with their body and create healthful habits out of joy. Not to reach a number on the scale.
As with anything in life, this decision and obesity itself, we have the ability to make it mean whatever we want it to mean. This decision could be great, or terrible or “who cares” based on your position and what you choose to make it mean. I’m interested, what does this mean to you?
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