Shaking Down Fat People: Obamacare Doctors Conspire To Herd Money Into Weight-Loss Scams

The Associated Press puts out the party line. Newser appropriately changed the headline of their shorter version of the article: “New Guidelines Tell Doctors to Harangue Patients About Weight.” They come from the usual suspects, including the American Heart Association.

And it is all about Obamacare and welfare for doctors:

The good news? By next year, most insurance companies are expected to cover counseling and other obesity treatments, following in the steps of the Medicare program, which began paying for one-on-one help last year.

Wow! What a coincidence. If it wasn’t for the new requirements that insurance cover “counseling and other obesity treatments,” many would decide they couldn’t afford to pay a professional to torment and harass them about their body shape, or to make them neurotic about eating. But, because these guidelines from our self-appointed guardians just happened to come out just in time for Obamacare to make sure it is part of our insurance plans, we can now trust that the weight-loss industry is going to make a load of money.

Amazing how that worked out.

These stupid snake-oil salesmen have a whole system of junk science at their disposal thanks to years of using weight-loss scamsters as “expert witnesses” in government studies and panels. Their definition of obesity is laughable. Their efforts to make fat the enemy are actually encouraging the diseases they claim to be trying to prevent. Here it is in black and white from the mouth of the beast CDC:

The good news is that no matter what your weight loss goal is, even a modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight, is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars.

For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, a 5 percent weight loss equals 10 pounds, bringing your weight down to 190 pounds. While this weight may still be in the “overweight” or “obese” range, this modest weight loss can decrease your risk factors for chronic diseases related to obesity.

Get that? You are still plenty “obese” but suddenly you have better blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars and you can decrease your risk factors for chronic diseases that are somehow related to obesity even though you’re still obese but no longer at risk.

What is really going on is pretty simple. It isn’t the weight that matters but exercise. When fat people enter these studies and diet and exercise, the exercise does result in the drop of a few pounds. But more importantly it vastly improves health in people who were sedentary before.

But does the CDC trumpet the fact that they have just found that exercise is wonderful and the weight doesn’t really matter? Nooooooo. They push it all under the weight loss mindset no matter how little sense it makes to do so. As a result, millions of people get frustrated with exercise and give up because they don’t turn into supermodels.

There are a lot of other things that also deserve consideration, like the fact that extreme weight loss is unhealthy, and that weight cycling is even more so. Furthermore, the claims about health problems and obesity are overstated.

For those who want to read more about what a scam these new rules are, I recommend The Diet Myth by Paul Campos. You can also check out some scientific resources here.

There is a saying about social media and email services that, if you are not the customer, you are the product. The idea is that the advertisers are the real customers of social media sites and “free” email providers.

Now we see how that is true of Obamacare. You are not the patient; you are the product. You are a cash cow.