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Obesity is plaguing generations to come

Gerald W. Deas M.D., MPH | 2/6/2014, 1:41 a.m.
Dr. Gerald Deas

Obesity is plaguing generations to come:

Something has definitely happened in our society. Have you noticed that supermarkets and hospitals sell a great many things that cause disease? Can you imagine that supermarkets sell foods that cause disease and the drugs to treat them under the same roof? I can’t believe it.

I know some hospitals that have, on their first floor or in the basement, a fast-food restaurant that sells stuff that is full of fat, sugar and salt. These same hospitals are filled with folks who have hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, all of which are definitely related to fast-food. When you think about it, the only thing hospitals have done positively for health is to discontinue the sale of cigarettes, and that took a long time.

The other day, I was in a supermarket to pick up a prescription for a patient. A couple behind me had their supermarket basket filled with meat, canned goods, soda and desserts. Unfortunately, both of the shoppers were obese. They were laughing and having a good time with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.

The laughing soon ceased when the pharmacist gave them a bill of $125 for two drugs. One drug was for hypertension and the other was for diabetes.

She told the pharmacist that there must be some mistake. “No,” he replied. “This is your medication.”

The lady opened her pocketbook and presented a charge card, but he told her that hers was the only card they did not accept. A little embarrassed, she went back into her pocketbook and took out her wallet. From the deep recesses of her wallet, she took out a well-folded $100 bill that she had apparently been saving for a rainy day. I felt very sorry for her. Here she was, standing with a shopping cart full of disease-producing groceries that cost less than the two drugs she was holding in a neatly folded white bag. What is wrong with this picture? You guessed it. We are eating ourselves to death and into poverty.

Get a hold of yourselves, folks! Take charge of your life and money. Eat to live instead of living to eat. Stop eating all that junk food and you will save your health, as well as your money for that rainy day, which could be just around the corner.

The beverage industry is killing us with new flavors and high-fructose corn syrup. What’s wrong with water? The average adult citizen drinks approximately 500 cans of soda each year. Now, imagine if you saved that dollar. You could purchase a million-dollar insurance policy for the next generation. In fact, you may never have to use health insurance, because your body will be healthy!