Obesity adds to hospital risk
Think hospitals are crowded and chaotic now? Just wait a few years! U.S. hospitals are going to need more doctors, more rooms, and more beds -- along with bigger beds, wider doors, and sturdier ambulances.
And this one has nothing to do with Obamacare... and everything to do with McDonaldsCare.
Yes, the modern fast food lifestyle hasn't just made people fatter. It's made us sicker. That much is obvious, and it goes without saying that the overweight and obese are clogging up doctor's offices and emergency rooms.
What may not be so obvious is how every inch on your waistline will increase YOUR odds of ending up in the ER for things like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, asthma, and chest pain.
So I've got some numbers for you from a new study. Let's start with 1 and 4. For every one-point increase on the BMI chart, your risk of hospitalization increases by 4 percent.
Small? Maybe... if you're just 1 point over the line.
But millions of people left "normal" 5 or 10 points behind -- and for them, that means the increased risk is between 20 percent and 40 percent. And that's why, overall, 203 out of every 1,000 overweight and obese men will find themselves in the hospital over any two-year period, compared to just 120 per 1,000 among those of normal weight.
For obese women, it's 183 per 1,000 among the overweight and obese, versus 103 per 1,000 among those of normal weights.
And this is only the beginning. With a third of Americans now overweight and another 35 percent obese, hospitals are going to start to resemble plus-sized resorts.
Call it the new Club Med.
That leaves you with a choice, one you have to make right now. You can join your fellow Americans in McDonaldsCare and fight for one of those spare hospital beds, or you can take care of yourself now and stay out of the hospital completely.
Sounds like an easy choice to me.