I was thinking the other day:
Why can't an insurance company cover a Gym Membership, if doctor prescribed?
As a formerly extremely obese person, this had been the best "medicine" I have ever taken. I did as prescribed. 3 days a week at an hour a day, until, I decided to take over my own plan and move forward from there. I lost over 200 pounds. I went from a size 57 pants to a 36. I have kept the weight off for over 3 years, and I changed my life for the better.
Better yet, why don't hospitals or some sort of medical facility offer free fitness education by professionals? Educate with proper portion sizing, proper exercise techniques, and when and why to exercise.
The entire program is pointed at obese people being an extreme issue regarding costs. Yet, the education is expensive and convoluted. Mired in Myths, fad diets, pointless exercise equipment(Shake Weight): the entire industry needs to be taken over by the medical field. As as most would say, being obese is a lifestyle and a diet problem. In turn, leads to very serious medical problems.
Then why isn't the medical field doing more to help people lose weight with legitimate resources?
When I started to educate myself, I found it to be confusing and difficult to find information. I wanted to know a lot about food, why it does what it does to the body, when to eat and what to eat. This information is scattered. Why isn't there a single resource, by Medical and Fitness professionals, that offer this information for free, teach it properly, and give out the "medicine"? Or least, let the Insurance cover the costs?
I just don't get how the Medical field/Fitness field can complain, yet, do nothing about it.