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Islander
05-01-12, 10:51 PM
By Sharon Begley (http://blogs.reuters.com/search/journalist.php?edition=us&n=sharon.begley&)
NEW YORK | Mon Apr 30, 2012

(Reuters) - U.S. hospitals are ripping out wall-mounted toilets and replacing them with floor models to better support obese patients. The Federal Transit Administration wants buses to be tested for the impact of heavier riders on steering and braking. Cars are burning nearly a billion gallons of gasoline more a year than if passengers weighed what they did in 1960.

The nation's rising rate of obesity has been well-chronicled. But businesses, governments and individuals are only now coming to grips with the costs of those extra pounds, many of which are even greater than believed only a few years ago: The additional medical spending due to obesity is double previous estimates and exceeds even those of smoking, a new study shows.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/30/us-obesity-idUSBRE83T0C820120430?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews

Islander
05-01-12, 10:56 PM
The FDA did the USA a huge disservice when it outlawed the hcg diet.

bmc65
05-01-12, 11:09 PM
They continue to do a huge disservice by not curbing the food industry. A great deal could be done simply by forcing completely honest, no loop hole labeling.
I had a very large pt once. Granted a lot of it was edema, but there are people who are as big as this person was. It was a logistic nightmare for staff and pt. The person took up the entire bed. In fact the pt legs were so large that their feet kept sliding off the sides of the bed, and had a lager bed been available it would not have fit through the door for transport to procedures and such. The pt found it painful to turn and there was really no spare space to do it. Thus, it was getting more and more difficult to avoid skin break down. Anytime this bedridden person needed to be washed/cleaned up, it took a great deal of time to coordinate the staff for the job. Three to four people were needed and everyone had many other tasks with their own pt. Trying to catch everyone at a free moment was difficult. We felt frustrated and helpless that there was only so much we could do. Now imagine a hosp full of pt like this. So many people see obesity as just being an esthetic issue, but it's much more important when it keeps a person from simple tasks of daily life, or hinders health care.

Julieanne
05-02-12, 05:29 AM
Well, it's a change from reading about how old people are eating up the health care dollars! Sometimes I feel like I'm a burden on society, so much emphasis put on oldies and how taxpayers are funding their health costs.