Food for Thought: Motorized Shopping Carts

[pullquote]The number of kids affected by obesity has tripled since 1980, and this can be traced in large part to lack of exercise and a healthy diet. – Virginia Foxx[/pullquote]One of my pet peeves is seeing many of the folks riding around stores on a motorized shopping cart.  Before you get mad, I am not criticizing the folks that are truly disabled.  They are always in may what and about 50% or more of them I can not figure out why and the heck they are on them.  If you have a broken limb, I can see a reason but if you are just overweight it would appear to me that the motorized cart is just making the problem worse.  If the shopper walked more before, they might not have as large a problem.  

Simply being overweight or obese is not a disability any more than being lazy is a disability. Then again, I am not saying that the obese are lazy, but it might be a cause of obesity.  If there is an underlying medical condition that causes obesity, then that condition can be a disability.  Obesity itself is not a disability, rather, it is simply a symptom of the underlying illness.  Morbid obesity is disabling so I recommend you make a change before you get there.

I find myself in a tough situation when I am asked to fill out paperwork for handicap plates.  I have had many patients ask for them for knee arthritis or pain.  If I give them one, they will gain weight and the knee pain will be worse when they decide to walk.  The food for thoughts here is simple.  If you walked instead of riding the cart, you might not weight as much.  If you gain weight, you knee pain will be worse.  Think about it.  

The bottom line: Handicap or disabled license plate and parking can do more harm and most conditions improve with some exercise.

Problem with obesity
Problem with obesity is that runs in my family.  
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I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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