Still think obesity is not your problem??

So, do you still think that your fellow American’s waistlines and health are not your concern???

Seems that your tax dollars are paying for their fatness (sorry for  being so blunt). Tax dollars are paying for a ‘bigger’ hospital for these ‘bigger’ patients. 

Seems that we are investing in their obesity instead of investing in preventing it. This is the precise difference between reactive and proactive medicine/intervention. There is nothing proactive about this.

*SIGH*

N.J. hospitals adapting to larger patients – NorthJersey.com:

“Hospitals throughout North Jersey are buying larger beds and operating tables, and wider wheelchairs with reinforced steel frames, and building specialized rooms to treat the growing ranks of obese patients. Denise Arzoomanian and Steve Cicala lifting Harvey Weber, director of the mobile ICU/EMS unit of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, to demonstrate a ramp and stretcher used to move heavier people. CHRIS PEDOTA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Buy this photo Denise Arzoomanian and Steve Cicala lifting Harvey Weber, director of the mobile ICU/EMS unit of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, to demonstrate a ramp and stretcher used to move heavier people.

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center debuted a new stretcher and loading ramp this month for ambulances to transport patients weighing up to 1,100 pounds. Hackensack University Medical Center is spending $200,000 on two new operating tables to hold extra-large patients.

And St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center has four new bariatric rooms with wider doors, special beds and ceiling lifts that can hold patients in excess of 1,000 pounds, accommodations that cost about $400,000. Renovation plans for the pediatric unit at the Paterson hospital include a room for obese teens.

‘Not only here, but across the country, you’re always looking to accommodate larger, bigger and heavier because it’s what we’re seeing,’ said Madelyn Pearson, senior vice president for patient-care services at Englewood. ‘With every new bit of construction and new purchase, we are looking at how we can best accommodate larger patients.’”

Yes. This angers me and gets under my skin.