Arizona, USA. Governance in the U.S. state of Arizona had a radical policy against fat people are lazy on a diet. Fat people who have health benefits would otherwise be required diet fined 50 dollars or USD 450 thousand.
Government Arizona had a reason why people are lazy fat diet will be subject to fines.This is due to the growing waist size which of course will affect the increased budgetary costs associated with the problem.
This rule was expressed by officials from the Arizona Medicaid, a program that provides health care for the poor in the United States.
The government imposed an annual penalty of 50 dollars for the people who receive Medicaid but are overweight and do not want to follow the doctor ordered to go on a diet.
In addition, smokers and diabetics who ignore medical advice from physicians also must pay the fine. But the children and people who are overweight due to certain medical conditions will be exempted from this penalty.
Minoca Coury as assistant director of the Arizona Medicaid program reveals the purpose of these fines is to change behavior by using the approach. This method is also expected to reduce the number of cigarettes consumed.
“There is no denying that there is a relationship between obesity and the rising cost of health care in America. We continue to complain about the rising cost of care that are not controlled,” Coury said, as quoted by BBC News, Wednesday (05/18/2011).
Coury said that for people with excess weight who have succeeded in meeting the target to lose weight you will be creating a video or given other types of incentives.
Enforcement of fines is because Arizona has the second highest proportion in terms of Medicaid recipients in the U.S. and a quarter of inhabitants classified as obese.
One of the people who do this strict diet is Kevin Woodman, before it has a weight of 120 kg, but after a strict diet fitness and reduce carbohydrate for 9 months now her weight to 73 kg.
Fitness expert Lisa Johnson reveals that the $ 50 fine may not be enough to change behavior, but can help encourage doctors to discuss weight issues with patients.
“A Harvard study recently revealed that 61 percent of doctors do not have time to talk with patients about weight, so these fines may have a more dramatic impact,” said Johnson.
Still, not everyone approved of this idea. Senator Kyrsten Sinema think that this is not fair, for example in the affected grandmother diabetes and imposed sanctions.
“If you want to save the cost of Medicaid, the state must apply to everyone, but do not choose people with overweight and smokers alone,” said Wes Benedict of the Liberal Party.
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