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Globesity and Health Care: 5 Little Known Secrets of Why We Are Fat and Miserable

Globesity and Health Care: 5 Little Known Secrets of Why We Are Fat and Miserable

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While we listen to endless debate about health-care in America, the real cause of our ill health goes unrecognized. My doctorate is in international health, but you don’t need a PhD to understand some simple facts. As long as we live in a society that believes that profits are more important than people we will continue to sicken and die. It is much more profitable for big business to create a culture of sickness than it is to create one focused on wellness.
While we listen to endless debate about health-care in America, the real cause of our ill health goes unrecognized. My doctorate is in international health, but you don’t need a PhD to understand some simple facts. As long as we live in a society that believes that profits are more important than people we will continue to sicken and die. It is much more profitable for big business to create a culture of sickness than it is to create one focused on wellness.

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Globesity and Health Care: 5 Little Known Secrets of WhyWe Are Fat and Miserable
Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a marriage and family counselor for the last 45years. He is the author of 8 books, including
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, Male Menopause, The Irritable Male Syndrome,
and
Mr. Mean: Saving Your Relationship from the Irritable Male Syndrome
(May, 2010)
.
He offerscounseling to men, women, and couples in his office in California or by phonewith people throughout the U.S. and around the world. To receive a Free E-bookon Men’s Health and a free subscription to Jed’s e-newsletter go towww.MenAlive.com. If you are looking for an expert counselor to help withrelationship issues, writeJed@MenAlive.com.While we listen to endless debate about health-care in America, the realcause of our ill health goes unrecognized. My doctorate is in international health,but you don’t need a PhD to understand some simple facts. As long as we live ina society that believes that profits are more important than people we willcontinue to sicken and die. It is much more profitable for big business to create aculture of sickness than it is to create one focused on wellness.Having a decent health-care plan might improve our health by 5 or 10%.Changing the system that promotes obesity could improve our health by 60 or 75%. Here are some facts you should know.1.Most enlightened countries find a way to pay for health care.As T.R. Reid, author of 
The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care
reminds us, most countries find a wayto pay for the health care of its citizens. In travelling throughout the world helearned that almost all countries use one of four health-care models: Germany'sBismarck system, in which hospitals and insurers are private entities andfinancing comes from payroll deductions; Britain's Beveridge Model, with thegovernment providing health care financed by taxes; the Canadian plan, whereprivate doctors and hospitals are paid by the government through taxes; and theout-of-pocket care found in most poor nations, where those who can afford careget it, while the rest suffer or die.Unlike any other country, the U.S. combines all four models. Theemployer-based coverage most workers get follows the Bismarck Model.Veterans and soldiers are treated under the Beveridge Model (whichconservatives often call socialized medicine). Medicare is so similar to Canada'ssystem that they share the name. And the 47 million uninsured do asCambodians do.
 
Reid interviewed doctors, politicians, patients, and experts in eachcountry he visited. Everyone had gripes, and all the systems he examined werestruggling with rising costs. But countries with universal coverage differ from theU.S. in a striking way—they accept that everyone has a right to medical careand, out of fairness, one system should apply to all. America must ask itself, Reidwrites: "Should society guarantee health care the way we guarantee the right tothink and pray as you like, to get an education, to vote in free elections? Or ismedicine a commodity to be bought and sold?"Health care and food care are intimately related. We can’t get healthy ina system set up to make big profits on being sure we are stuffed, starved, and illinformed.2. Regardless of how we decide to pay for health care, real health comesfrom what and how we eat.In his book
Stuffed & Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System
, author Raj Patel says, “Today, when we produce more food than ever before, more than one in ten people on Earth are hungry. The hunger of 800million happens at the same time as another historical first: that they areoutnumbered by the one billion people on this planet who are overweight.”He goes on to say that the reason the world is both “starved” and “stuffed”is social rather than personal. “Global hunger and obesity,” he says, “aresymptoms of the same problem, and what’s more, the route to eradicating worldhunger is also the way to prevent global epidemics of diabetes and heartdisease, and to address a host of environmental and social ills.”2.Big profits are made getting us to go from blue to red.The Center for Disease Control has a color coded map showing our increasing obesity levels.

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