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January 22, 2013 6:56 AM
My husband and I were watching last week's episode of Biggest Loser (not the newest one, we're behind) and Dr. H was talking to one of the contestants and said something that really stuck with me so I thought I'd share in case it motivates or clicks with anyone else:

If you had Lymphoma, wouldn't you find two hours of your day to get chemotheraphy?

WOW. What a way to think about it. He went on to say something to the effect of this contestant's obesity being more deadly/serious that a lot of forms of Lymphoma. Now I am in no way trying to minimize what people who are going through Lymphoma have to deal with, it was the two hours of treatment thing that stuck with me. If you had cancer or another serious illness, you would get your two hours of treatment to save your life. Obesity is just as deadly so get your treatment! WORK OUT! This definitely motivated me to run a little harder and a little longer and I hope it helps motivate you too! flowerforyou
  14549636
January 22, 2013 7:03 AM
Love it!

It reminds me of when people comment on how the bike commuting I do can be dangerous. I now sometimes reply, "yeah, but cycling deaths are far less common than heart disease."
  17269504
January 22, 2013 7:05 AM
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Love it!

It reminds me of when people comment on how the bike commuting I do can be dangerous. I now sometimes reply, "yeah, but cycling deaths are far less common than heart disease."


That's a great way to look at it! :)
  14549636
January 22, 2013 7:09 AM
I saw that episode and that comment stuck with me also. Thanks for sharing!!! flowerforyou
  29874140
January 22, 2013 7:11 AM
Excellent point - thanks for sharing!
  24009279
January 22, 2013 7:11 AM
Thanks for sharing.
January 22, 2013 7:37 AM
I had the same reaction when I saw that a few weeks ago. It was just one of those moments when I was stunned into reality. It stuck with me too and thanks for sharing your thoughts. smile
  29098327
January 22, 2013 7:40 AM
Like there are 1440 minutes in a day and people can't find 30 minutes to exercise????
  6904825
January 22, 2013 8:53 AM
If I had Cancer, my health insurance would spare no expense and surround me with doctors and nurses to help me. If I broke my leg, my health insurance would pay for rehab therapy. If wanted marriage counseling, my health insurance will pay for unlimited sessions with a counselor (co-pay still applies). If I wanted to quit smoking, my health insurance will now spare no expense to help me quit.

I'm fat and my health insurance will give me ONE free doctor visit PER YEAR and a crappy discount at the YMCA. I think I can get a blood test free every 5 years, too...

I wish people would give weight loss more than just lip service. It's a freaking disease and I'm barely surviving it with no help from anyone (financially). Imagine if the medical insurance community treated weight loss as seriously as they do cancer...
  16237853
January 22, 2013 9:07 AM
That statement really made an impact on me too!
January 22, 2013 9:09 AM
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If I had Cancer, my health insurance would spare no expense and surround me with doctors and nurses to help me. If I broke my leg, my health insurance would pay for rehab therapy. If wanted marriage counseling, my health insurance will pay for unlimited sessions with a counselor (co-pay still applies). If I wanted to quit smoking, my health insurance will now spare no expense to help me quit.

I'm fat and my health insurance will give me ONE free doctor visit PER YEAR and a crappy discount at the YMCA. I think I can get a blood test free every 5 years, too...

I wish people would give weight loss more than just lip service. It's a freaking disease and I'm barely surviving it with no help from anyone (financially). Imagine if the medical insurance community treated weight loss as seriously as they do cancer...


Walking and jogging are free. So are YouTube videos. Exercise doesn't always cost money; medicine does. That's the difference.
January 22, 2013 9:10 AM
I didn't see the episode, but that's a really good point. Although, I would argue you don't have to exercise TWO hours per day. But I get the gist of what he's saying. :) That's awesome. I'm going to start thinking of it like medicine instead of just stress relief.
January 22, 2013 9:19 AM
I saw that too. As much as I think the methods suck butt on that show, that stood out to be as well.
  14284353
January 22, 2013 12:14 PM
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If I had Cancer, my health insurance would spare no expense and surround me with doctors and nurses to help me. If I broke my leg, my health insurance would pay for rehab therapy. If wanted marriage counseling, my health insurance will pay for unlimited sessions with a counselor (co-pay still applies). If I wanted to quit smoking, my health insurance will now spare no expense to help me quit.

I'm fat and my health insurance will give me ONE free doctor visit PER YEAR and a crappy discount at the YMCA. I think I can get a blood test free every 5 years, too...

I wish people would give weight loss more than just lip service. It's a freaking disease and I'm barely surviving it with no help from anyone (financially). Imagine if the medical insurance community treated weight loss as seriously as they do cancer...


Walking and jogging are free. So are YouTube videos. Exercise doesn't always cost money; medicine does. That's the difference.


Right, but walking and jogging require YOU to self-motivate. Driving to a chemo clinic requires nothing at all. You walk in and then they give you the medicine and support, etc. The only real parallel to that would be hiring a personal trainer and nutritionist. My point is that if you have an illness or disease that insurance pays for, you get customized personal hands-on support. Weight loss requires self-motivation unless you're rich.
  16237853
January 22, 2013 12:17 PM
Yes! I've used that analogy a few times already since that episode aired. It really hits home.
  142597
January 22, 2013 12:17 PM
That comment really made me think too! Thanks for starting this thread :) It's a very good point
  18637336
January 22, 2013 12:19 PM
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Walking and jogging are free. So are YouTube videos. Exercise doesn't always cost money; medicine does. That's the difference.
Agreed....you don't HAVE to belong to a gym to exercise, and eating healthy doesn't have to cost a lot either.

“Make Time For Your Health Today. And You'll Have Health For Your Time Tomorrow"
January 22, 2013 12:20 PM
Thanks for sharing - I missed that but it makes it so clear.
  1057528
January 22, 2013 12:20 PM
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If I had Cancer, my health insurance would spare no expense and surround me with doctors and nurses to help me. If I broke my leg, my health insurance would pay for rehab therapy. If wanted marriage counseling, my health insurance will pay for unlimited sessions with a counselor (co-pay still applies). If I wanted to quit smoking, my health insurance will now spare no expense to help me quit.

I'm fat and my health insurance will give me ONE free doctor visit PER YEAR and a crappy discount at the YMCA. I think I can get a blood test free every 5 years, too...

I wish people would give weight loss more than just lip service. It's a freaking disease and I'm barely surviving it with no help from anyone (financially). Imagine if the medical insurance community treated weight loss as seriously as they do cancer...


I think this attitude is starting to change. My health insurance has a few programs geared for those who are dealing with obesity that are free and that include nutritional counseling and discounts on exercise products/gyms. They didn't have it when I first started, but they do now.
  7358406
January 22, 2013 12:25 PM
Wow, that doctor knows how to make a statement.
January 22, 2013 12:28 PM
Biggest Loser did motivate me to exercise. I used to watch it and exercise during that show. Now I dont watch it...I spend my evenings at the gym instead.

As much as I dont like him, I do have to say ... Dr. H. is right. It doesnt take 8 hours of exercise to change your health...but find the time to improve your health every day.
January 22, 2013 12:54 PM
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Right, but walking and jogging require YOU to self-motivate. Driving to a chemo clinic requires nothing at all. You walk in and then they give you the medicine and support, etc. The only real parallel to that would be hiring a personal trainer and nutritionist. My point is that if you have an illness or disease that insurance pays for, you get customized personal hands-on support. Weight loss requires self-motivation unless you're rich.


It still comes down to personal choice. My boyfriend refuses to go to a doctor when he's sick and probably wouldn't go to chemo appointments. It still takes "motivation" to go to a chemo treatment and suffer through the side effects.

There ARE free support groups for weight loss. You're on one right now.
January 22, 2013 12:55 PM
Love it! Glad that you posted this; I wish more doctor's were like him.
  997885
January 22, 2013 12:57 PM
very true! Thanks for sharing!
January 22, 2013 1:05 PM
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If I had Cancer, my health insurance would spare no expense and surround me with doctors and nurses to help me. If I broke my leg, my health insurance would pay for rehab therapy. If wanted marriage counseling, my health insurance will pay for unlimited sessions with a counselor (co-pay still applies). If I wanted to quit smoking, my health insurance will now spare no expense to help me quit.

I'm fat and my health insurance will give me ONE free doctor visit PER YEAR and a crappy discount at the YMCA. I think I can get a blood test free every 5 years, too...

I wish people would give weight loss more than just lip service. It's a freaking disease and I'm barely surviving it with no help from anyone (financially). Imagine if the medical insurance community treated weight loss as seriously as they do cancer...


Walking and jogging are free. So are YouTube videos. Exercise doesn't always cost money; medicine does. That's the difference.


Right, but walking and jogging require YOU to self-motivate. Driving to a chemo clinic requires nothing at all. You walk in and then they give you the medicine and support, etc. The only real parallel to that would be hiring a personal trainer and nutritionist. My point is that if you have an illness or disease that insurance pays for, you get customized personal hands-on support. Weight loss requires self-motivation unless you're rich.
My gym is owned by a large hospital, and there are a number of members there who have insurance paying for them as part of their physical therapy or part of some kind of healthcare plan. There's one member who is very overweight, and he comes in, scans his card (so the doctors can track his usage) chats it up with the ladies at the front desk, then just leaves. Every once in a while he'll go into the gym and walk the 1/12 of a mile lap around the track.....but last time I saw him he was telling the girls at the front desk how he was going to Costco to buy a case or Oreos (no joke!) and offered to bring them one too. I guess my point is that I don't believe having insurance pay for it motivates people who don't really WANT to get healthy.

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