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Should You Pay For Exercising or Get Paid For Getting Fat?

January 19, 2009

If you ask from your government the answer is “get paid for getting fat”. Like it or not, that is what most countries do. They throw more money to the bonfire instead of trying to stop the fire from starting at all. Is there something wrong in this picture?

Think for a second about people who are seriously over-weight. They eat themselves to a condition were the only solution what the government can do is to slow down the inevitable.  At that point it is way too late to start turning your life around when you can barely climb a couple of stairs. Treatment these people need costs much more than a monthly gym membership. 

Has anyone calculated what it costs to a goverment to support any kind of exercising three times a week, compared to over-weight people spending their last 10 to 20 years in hospital, getting surgeries and popping expensive pills? Or how much more does a healthy person produce to the society compared to his bigger co-workers? I’m betting a lot.

Instead of waiting until the fat bubble bursts should we start thinking how to motivate people to take in charge of their health right now, even if it costs little money in a short-term?