Teleri (telerib) wrote,
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Ever since I read this (NC's state employee 'wellness' program) I've been worried about this (similar proposed federal legislation for the health care reform bill).

"Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee approved a healthcare reform amendment that would penalize employees who are not following “healthy lifestyles” and participating in wellness programs. Employers will be allowed to raise healthcare premiums by as much as 50 percent for workers who are fat, smoke, don’t exercise, are noncompliant with preventive care, and not meeting certain health measures, such as lower cholesterol levels."

So... even if I'm eating a healthy 1800 calorie/day diet, complete with whole grains, fresh veggies and lean meat, and getting my RDA of exercise, and if my cholesterol and blood pressure and other vitals are all in the healthy range, because I'm obese, they can still charge me for it.

Please no "but you're not fat!" comments. My BMI is 31.7 - that's medically obese, folks. I are the obesity epidemic, oh noes.

Now at this moment - hell, for the past two years of moments - I haven't been doing the healthy lifestyle thing all that well. Something about the small person who needs my love and attention more than I think I need the gym. I'm trying to figure out a way to do it all, but have you ever tried taking a brisk walk with a two-year old?

But, from 2003 - 2007, I was living la vida healthy, including a stint of calorie-counting. See, to my personal trainer's amazement, despite 3.5 hours of cardio and 3 of weight-training a week, I wasn't losing any weight. Clearly, I must be snarfing doughnuts at home, right? So we started monitoring what I ate. We tried a 2,000 calorie diet first, which was *more* food than I was used to. No loss. 1800 calories - 5 small meals a day - felt great most days, no weight loss. 1500 calories - I started to lose. A little. And I was always hungry. Always. Even right after I ate, because a 300-calorie "meal" (5x/day) was just not enough food.

So you know, screw that.

But there I was - eating healthy, exercising - "all" you have to do to lose weight, according to some people - and it wasn't happening. It's never going to happen. At most, at very most, I've lost 5-6 pounds when I've adopted a more active lifestyle. That's not uncommon. But that's not even enough to change my BMI by one point, let alone 5 or more.

And the BMI is crap anyway. But that's another topic.

But they still want to use it to determine my insurance premiums.

Here's to really hoping the 'public option' does not become the 'single payer option' anytime in the next few decades. Or that my current insurance decides to jump on this pseudoscientific bandwagon.
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