Yikes. Alabama told its obese state workers that if they aren’t fit by 2010, they will have to pay $25 per month for insurance that is normally free. It’s a chubby tax!
From the article:
…research shows someone with a body mass index of 35 to 39 generates $1,748 more in annual medical expenses than someone with a BMI of less than 25, which is considered normal.
Oh my. On one hand, these government workers have it good with the cheapie insurance. The $25 fee stinks, but it’s not like their insurance charges. On the other hand, it seems a little mean to make the pudgy pay. Alabama has the second highest rate of obesity in the United States, after Mississippi. Thirty percent of Alabamans are obese, so the state will have a lot of people paying.
What do you think about Alabama’s approach to keeping medical costs low? Is it mean? Big Brotherish? Or is the $25 fee a way to get people motivated to lose weight? Anyone from the fat acceptance movement willing to chime in on the discussion?