There has been a lot of discussion and debate in the past several weeks about reforming health care and how to go about it. These discussions have triggered some very heated debates among politicians and people all around the country. Unfortunately, we have a few elite politicians in Washington who think that they can try various forms of reform with a proven track record of failing. But aside from the debates about how to do it, one thing that is often overlooked is each person being accountable for his or her own health.
A study came out last month which pretty much summed up most of our health problems. Nearly 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight. Now I know that many health problems can be out of our control, since they are largely heredity in nature. There are many cases when a perfectly healthy person can develop heart disease or cancer. But what we can control is our lifestyle and how we eat and exercise.
Those stats about the number of overweight Americans should come as no surprise. Go into any restaurant or fast food place and look at the menu. The amount of fat and sodium grams in many of their products runs off the charts! Imagine how many fat grams a triple whopper has? There is always a huge temptation to overeat at any of these places. I personally struggle with overeating at times. We all like to eat, but many folks do not have enough discipline to resist that extra serving of food.
Exercise is another issue which many folks have a problem with. I get sick of hearing the same lame excuse that people do not have time to exercise. That is hogwash! All you need is to donate 1/2 hour a day in your schedule to get some form of exercise. If a person is too busy for that, then they have some scheduling or priority problems. Sometimes it is just a matter of spending 1/2 less in front of the television or computer. A good time to exercise or work out is right away in the morning. I like to get in a workout right away to start my day.
Many of the health problems that this country faces are from poor lifestyle choices. People with poor health habits tend to be constantly running to the doctor and have a much greater chance of getting a chronic disease. In the process, they are the ones largely responsible for running up the premiums on everyone. Imagine if everyone in this country did not smoke, exercised and ate healthy. Those insurance companies would not have to shell out so much to cover those people and rates would probably be lower.
Real reform really comes from looking in the mirror and trying to live a healthy life. You will not only benefit yourself but help out others in your insurance pool. That is my view on what real reform should be about.