Saturday, February 2, 2013

Who, Me!?!

(A not so funny look at effective health management.)
At the “Job We Will Wait and See”, they are very health focused on their employees. For example, in some states, including Arizona, they can refuse to hire anyone who smokes. (They check nicotine in the drug screen.) I didn’t know they could do that! (The not hire someone because they smoke part.) I wonder what else they can pass you up for. Being too fat? Low IQ? Wrong hair cut?
If you get a health screen, you can save $50 a month in insurance. They have several health programs including one based on the honor system where you can earn points for various activities. Then you can turn in points for stuff.
Evidently they really push this program because I got to hear about it, well more than was necessary. So, while it makes perfect sense in theory, I am very resistant to going to Walgreens to have the minimally trained teenager tell me I’m overweight and then supply me with a packet of general information.
Here is the flaw with this plan. It is like telling smokers that smoking is bad for them. No smoker is going to say, “Really? Why I had no idea. But now, since I’ve read this fascinating information written on a third grade level, I am convinced and I will stop smoking, post haste.” More likely they will tell you to piss off and mind your own business.
Also, I think being overweight attracts grief from society for the same reason being depressed attracts grief. In general, people have been on a diet and they have felt sad at one time or another. They dealt with it so what the hell is your problem? Ah, apples and oranges my friend.
Don’t get me wrong. I think behavior is a large portion of health but ignoring genetics, leads to condescending sticker chart for those over 45 year old. I don’t know about you but my fascination with stickers ended a long, long time ago.
Personally, I am waiting for my body metabolism to start making sense or for the FDA approval of the anti-overweight, middle aged, crabby lady topical cream. (In both vanilla or ocean mist scents.)
“I guess I don't so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old.” Benjamin Franklin

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