Less study, more own­er­ship

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Re­gard­ing “HHS marks $750 mil­lion for preven­tion,” (Mod­ern­Health­care.com, Feb. 9): I think it is a shame that they are spend­ing so much money on study­ing the prob­lem and not putting that money right into pro­vid­ing health­care for the unin­sured peo­ple of this coun­try. How are we go­ing to sell to the Amer­i­can pub­lic that they must start tak­ing care of them­selves in or­der to re­duce health­care costs?

There is a di­rect con­nec­tion be­tween how many calo­ries they put in their mouth and their health. I have so many pa­tients who come to me want­ing a quick fix for their obe­sity prob­lem, when it took them many years to get over­weight and de­velop the health prob­lems they have. We must start tak­ing own­er­ship of what we do to our bod­ies and stop blam­ing oth­ers for our health. Teresa Mar­shall Buck­ley, Wash.

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