I decided to rejoin a pool in my area. New York City is notoriously short on pools. However, they do offers recreational memberships to use their facilities. When I first joined, it was $75 a year to use a facility with a pool. When I decided to rejoin, I discovered that prices had gone up. By how much you think? 10%, 20%? No, it went up a whopping 100%. Pools were now $150 to join. I can afford it. I can also afford the Y, I can afford any fru-fru gym (not that I would join to be laughed at. OMG a fat woman is exercising how dare she?!)
I'm thinking that in this economy, $150 ain't gonna happen for poor people. Poor people who are constantly bombared with sin taxes, told they are too stupid to understand proper nutrition and exercise. (At least the rec centers are free for kids.) Except that a recent study shows that poorer people do not in fact buy fast food and take out. It is too expensive. Put people in dire poverty, you don't see people eating well, you will see food insecurity and not a lot of time for movement. The fact is movement, regardless of weight loss is good for you.
However, it has been shown that exercising individuals, who do not experience any overall weight loss still decrease their risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease
Some Businesses would like to start charging extras in your health insurance if you smoke and fail to quit or if you're obese and fail to become unobese.
No matter the characterizations, it means that smokers and others pay more than co-workers who meet a company’s health goals.
I'm going to have to take Devil's advocate here with smokers, because they start the slippery slope. No one wants to pay for someone's lung cancer if they smoked, right? But how far will that go? You start with smokers, move on to fatties, then perhaps move on to people who genetically have health issues or people who live in cancer or asthma clusters. How much should a company know about a patient's general health?
Fat people suffer from stigma everyday, they are bombarded to do diets that don't work and are always assumed that they eat too much, don't exercise and that they really don't want to be healthy (And many fat people ARE healthy but would be forced to lose weight to save on their health insurance)
Now if my insurance rates went up because I can't get to my random arcane BMI number, I can afford to pay it. A poor person might decide it would be better to go without. Health care is there to keep you alive, to keep you well. I'm not a big fan of my health care company, but I get discounts on vitamins and gym memberships. At a previous job, my health insurance gave me $100 for going to the gym fifty times in six months (a sum which I collected three times). Companies seem to think that health care coverage, and exercise and food is for the "healthy" and wealthy when it's supposed to protect the populations most vulnerable.