Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Have you been noticing more and more of these in the grocery stores lately? I have. I was in Kroger a few days ago and had to maneuver around someone like this to get to where I wanted to go. It's kind of irritating. I looked at the gal in the scooter and she was probably younger than I am but then I don't know her situation and shouldn't judge. There could have been a perfectly good reason for the need of the scooter.
Those things are expensive. They are very expensive. Many stores provide them and some people do need them. My mom doesn't go to big stores like Wal-Mart or Meijer too much because of the walking required. She is 86 and has neuropathy in her feet. She doesn't use one of these however when she does go to these large stores. She uses the shopping cart for support. This guy is not 86 but he obviously does need the scooter.
What is the answer to these people who drive up the cost of healthcare and of doing business? How empathetic should we be since we all understand obesity and have lived it?
What is your opinion on this? It starts out with a political ad so just wait for the video please.
How much success does any doctor have treating obesity? Do people just come there wanting a drug? Did you notice the 200 lb. woman said "I thought doctors were there to help you."? Should it take up a doctor's time to deal with someone who already knows what to do? I really think, and we all know, that a motivated person can lose weight. Can doctors provide this motivation in a somewhat negative way by letting patients know they will not see them after a certain weight is reached? As the person's weight goes up the doctor could do a little questioning and counseling to point that person in the right direction.
But what about extenuating circumstances? Diabetes, heart, blood pressure? Would this be a death sentence for someone who goes over the stated limit if they won't be treated or can't find a doctor? Would some "tough love" wake people up? I have more questions than answers on this one.
I hope I never have to use one of those things.
I do know I won't weigh over 200 lb. again.
Be careful out there today.