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  • baracus Mar 28, 1:23 p.m.

    "Huh? Just about everyone knows if something is healthy or not. It isn't rocket science."

    For the simple things sure, but beyond that things get hairy. I mean, look at the story about using antibiotics to treat sinus infections. Despite studies showing that in most cases they do not hasten recovery, most of the people responding "know" that sinus infections should be treated with antibiotics.

  • movetomaui Mar 28, 11:56 a.m.

    That doesn't even make any sense at all!!! Why in the world should I have to be responsible for my own health????? That's just craziness!

  • Ambygirl Mar 28, 10:39 a.m.

    GOOD GRIEF!! If I hear it's not rocket science one more time I'm going to throw up!

    We have become an age of 'we can't think for ourselves' and let everyone else tell us what we need to do. We all know we should eat healthy and we should be responsible for our bodies. Just get off your can and get moving! Stop with all the junk food and try eating your vegetables like you were told to when you were a kid!! USE YOUR BRAINS PEOPLE!!

  • nonemeant Mar 27, 5:22 p.m.

    I don't know about anybody else; but I have been put in my place.

  • bill0 Mar 27, 2:39 p.m.

    "Why would people want to be responsible for their own health care when they can let the government take care of them???

    Thanks alot Obama!"

    It's pretty darn funny to read someone championing personal responsibility in the same post as blasting Obama for making people fat!

    Nevermind that the controversial part of Obamacare is that it makes people take responsibility for the cost of the healthcare aka the "individual mandate."

    "The real problem is that most people don't have a clue about what's good for them. "

    Huh? Just about everyone knows if something is healthy or not. It isn't rocket science. Every fat person knows that they should eat less and exercise more. They just don't. Everyone knows they shouldn't smoke, but lots of people do.

  • Pseudonym Mar 26, 9:39 a.m.

    How dare they tell me I'm responsible for my own health!! It's not my fault I'm overweight, it's McDonald's. It's not my fault I have diabetes, it's Krispy Kreme's. It's not my fault I had a heart attack at 45, it's Burger King's. And it's not my fault that healthcare costs are skyrocketing, it's greedy doctors, hospitals and insurance companies.

  • bubbaOK Mar 26, 9:19 a.m.

    People are responsible for their own health, it's the health care industry behemoth which has become no longer user friendly and just plain dicey and haphazard.

  • sllenterprises Mar 23, 10:29 a.m.

    Look "adults"-let's stop making politics, religion, and insurance companies the scapegoat for health issues! The bottom line is people don't get obese or get high blood pressure overnight, it comes from months and years of not taking care of ourselves! I've lost 48 pounds total in the past 2 years all because I knew I couldn't continue going the way I was and now I feel better and have more energy and strength at 40 yrs old than I did when I was 20! Like most people have said, you know what's right, just do it and stop making excuses! Planet Fitness charges $10 a month for unlimited access, no contract! Don't tell me an overweight, chronically unhealthy person can't afford $10 a month! That's less than the typical fattening meals that an obese person eats in a day!! Health insurance companies will continue to raise fees as long as people continue to get bigger and unhealthier! We are the cause of all this so we can fix it-get up, get out, and exercise, it's that simple!

  • RaleighRocks Mar 22, 5:51 p.m.

    You do not need a gym or weights to work out and lose weight. Take a walk, drink water instead of soda (diet sodas are terrible for you), share an entree and dessert (or skip dessert), ride a bike, take the stairs, park on the next row out instead of right in front, the list goes on and on. This is not rocket science. The obesity epidemic has hit the country as our lifestyles have changed. It is not easy, but then again, very few things in life that are good for you are. It takes self-control, and that is not something we seem to teach/talk about much anymore.

  • WBF Mar 22, 3:07 p.m.

    I agree that personal choices matter, but our choices aren't made in a vacuum. Everyone faces different circumstances. Some people have gym memberships paid by their employer. I don't. Access to affordable, healthy food choices--which many of us take for granted--varies greatly by community. Also, it is one thing to hold adults accountable for their health, but another to blame children--which is when many chronic diseases originate. Yes - adults should take personal responsibility for their own health, but that doesn't excuse our collective responsibility to encourage good choices and positive behaviors.

  • jennihul Mar 22, 12:11 p.m.

    People know what is good for them. If food is fast easy and cheap, it will ruin your health. If it requires you cook it at home and it's fresh and as close to natural as possible, it is good for you. If you eat and don't move, you ruin your health. This is not rocket science. People are lazy.

  • jennihul Mar 22, 12:08 p.m.

    Insurance companies rape Americans. They control medicine and your lives. In ways you can scarcely imagine. All insurance companies do. Insurance companies make their own rules and if we didn't regulate them or tell them to back off, they would take our money and give back none. Some of these posts sound very ignorant. I am proud of Barack Obama for standing up for the rights of American citizens over the dirty schemes of insurance companies.

  • dollibug Mar 22, 11:03 a.m.

    I received a large post card type piece of mail yesterday which said AMERICA'S NEW HEALTH CARE LAW. "insurance companies will be required to cover you, even if you have a pre-existing condition"...really?????????? Funny that this administration of Democrats think that they can force an insurance company to do this kind of thing...and then there is the question, at what COST will this be? There is so much CORRUPTION AND COVER UP with insurance now. And now this. Employers are required to cover employees with "workers compensation insurance" also...but then they are ALLOWED TO DENY THE COVERAGE ON THIS TOO....funny, isn't it? And they can wrongfully deny a person and there is NO ONE WHO CAN OR WILL STOP THEM FROM DOING SO...
    Interesting that someone really "thinks" a person MUST do something...but then the question is ....how exactly do you think you can MAKE anyone do anything? They can't...as there is CORRUPTION AND COVER UP EVERYWHERE...insurance is GOOD UNTIL YOU NEED IT..

  • schoonie79 Mar 22, 10:44 a.m.

    "maybe if it didn;t cost an arm and leg more people would seek preventative care. Drive down the costs and more people could afford to be healthier"....really? How about we get off of our electronics, quit eating fast food, stop smoking and drinking and do some exercise for a change....doesn't cost a thing to use common sense

  • soyousay Mar 21, 6:55 p.m.

    The real problem is that most people don't have a clue about what's good for them..

    really. get rid of the fat, quit smoking,

  • DontAnnoyMe Mar 21, 6:12 p.m.

    The real problem is that most people don't have a clue about what's good for them. You can't trust medical studies unless you know the funding source, what was used for placebo, who wrote the journal article, and the difference between relative and absolute risk. You can't trust mainstream media to report accurately, because it's heavily funded by Big Pharma. On and on.

  • Wendellcatlover Mar 21, 4:54 p.m.

    Why would people want to be responsible for their own health care when they can let the government take care of them???

    Thanks alot Obama!

  • TAKES_TO2_TANGO Mar 21, 4:44 p.m.

    maybe if it didn;t cost an arm and leg more people would seek preventative care. Drive down the costs and more people could afford to be healthier

  • readme Mar 21, 4:33 p.m.

    I don't know what surprises me more: that someone finally got in a news article preaching personal responsiblity, or that it took an "expert" to point this out.

  • ytb781pearl Mar 21, 4:08 p.m.

    Eat a carrot, people! And skip that drive thru as often as possible. The lazy, ignorant ways of some folks are driving up the costs of everything!

  • Objective Scientist Mar 21, 12:30 p.m.

    "Experts say people need to be more responsible for own health." - The headline says it all! While some do, it seems many may feel it is the "health professionals" who are responsible for their health - the doctors, nurses, dentists, etc. - and that they personally have little-no responsibility. For some it seems we should have a "pill" or "medical procedure" that will offset our "bad habits such as smoking, overeating, not exercising, not practicing "preventive medicine" with the help of our professional medical people. Well... we don't have that pill or medical procedure - or if we do, it is still far better for many reasons to not have to take the pill or have the procedure done. While there are exceptions to this for many reasons... those who take personal responsibility for their health likely incur significantly lower health care cost than do those who do not take personal responsibility... and the former are helping to pay for the latter's irresponsibility! Is that "fair"? NO!!!

  • tarheelgrad1998 Mar 21, 12:17 p.m.

    I agree with this article. I'm not sure why the consensus is that personal responsibility stops there, and doesn't include acquiring and paying for your own health insurance.

  • mtbraleigh32 Mar 21, 11:13 a.m.

    Either funny or disturbing! Does it take experts now to determine that taking personal responsibility is beneficial to one's health? Wow.

  • Alexia Mar 20, 5:59 p.m.

    Listening to insurance companies about how to reduce healthcare costs is not the right thing to do. They are the ones, as far as I can tell, who are the primary beneficiaries. Why are health costs so high? I don't know, but I think it's outright greed. I had to take my son to the ER one day after he cut his hand and it was bleeding pretty badly. Fortunately, it was not serious and the doctor offered up one stitch. Total cost $1,800 or so. Reason? You tell me. There is no excuse to charge that kind of money to see a doctor, unfortunately I had the option of paying the $1,800 or taking the gamble that he'd make it without medical treatment. For those who are ill, why are medications so expensive? Why can Canada and Australia get the drugs for its citizens so much cheaper? The US has issues with healthcare, for sure.

  • odell Mar 20, 5:53 p.m.

    Thank you Captains Obvious.

  • storchheim Mar 20, 5:45 p.m.

    Cansler's rubbing shoulders with the big kids, I see.

  • carrboroyouth Mar 20, 5:35 p.m.

    "Health is a zero-sum game. Everyone must die of something. The better care we take of ourselves, the more our lifetime healthcare costs will be."

    Errr not really, preventative care is much cheaper.I hope you don't hold such a mindset. Fat people get diabetes and need drugs for years and years; they get heart attacks requiring surgery and take more expensive drugs for high LDL cholesterol. Obese people break stretchers, beds, and wheelchairs.
    I'll take my quality of life over that, thank you. And I take full responsibility for it.

  • burnhace Mar 20, 5:12 p.m.

    Health is a zero-sum game. Everyone must die of something. The better care we take of ourselves, the more our lifetime healthcare costs will be.

  • SmokeWagon Mar 20, 5:08 p.m.

    LOL....ya think..!!! Just take a seat in the mall...good gracious at the fat people waddling around...!!!

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