If you’re going to do something, get it right

According to the Washington Post, there is a new “initiative” from four insurance companies to try and combat obesity in children. Their idea? Pay for visits to a dietician.

Because the reason kids are getting fatter is because they don’t go to the doctor, who will shame them about their weight even more than their families do. Riiiiiiight.

If the soul-sucking insurance companies actually gave a shit about people — and not just their public image and their bottom line — they would be taking aim at the reasons kids are getting fatter: the unrealistic images of what they should look like, the fact that McDonald’s fries are cheaper than most salads, the fact that we’ve all but eliminated physical education from our schools in favor of standardized testing.

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~ by realsupergirl on February 20, 2009.

One Response to “If you’re going to do something, get it right”

  1. Not only the approach of the insurance industry, but the approach of many heath care professionals in general about obesity make me angry. Right now I’m working to become a psychiatric nurse practitioners, and in class the other day, two of my classmates brought up wanting to work on approaches to helping overweight children they were working with. That’s great, right? Except everyones suggestion had to do with singling the child out and making them eat differently from the rest of the family- which as a former child who was very overweight (and now an overweight adult), I can assure them doesn’t work. And I even said that- and was basically ignored. Not to mention, that the larger problem has to do with this country’s priorities of big agrabusiness and promoting the cheap, tasty, fatty salty, sugary food that once a kid gets their hands on is never going to want to give up (not to mention that most of them can’t afford to give it up anyways…)

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