Here's an article in today's paper suggesting taxpayers should pay for lapbanding surgery on obese patients who are deemed unable to afford the procedure.
What do you think about this?
Do we give up on people taking responsibility for their own healthy weight and classify obesity as a disease?
I suppose the argument for this is the longer term fewer costs to the health system over many years with obesity related diseases.
But, damn it, I really can't feel good about effectively saying to people 'hey, just eat what rubbish you like, get as fat as you like, we'll just take care of it for you".
There's enough education and information out there about how to eat properly: why are people just too lazy or lacking in a bit of self discipline to follow reasonable guidelines?