Friday, June 17, 2011

Stupidity Surpassed Obesity As No. One Health Issue

Boston, MA - Harvard Medical Center has announced stunning evidence that stupidity has surpassed obesity as the number one health problem in America. They site an increase in preventable injuries and deaths during the past decade as proof that stupidity has become an epidemic.

“The problem with stupidity is that almost all sufferers don’t realize they have the affliction,” Rob Hanson, lead researcher on the project, told reporters. “Stupidity has been creeping up in America over the past few decades. Lowered expectations and educational opportunities, combined with more free time and the internet has led to a phenomenon where people get their social cues from sources that are unreliable.

“Popular shows like MTV’s ‘Jackass’ have created a culture of people intentionally doing stupid things. Combined with smoking, drug abuse and alcohol abuse, all of which have been warned about for decades. Additionally, things like MMA and backyard wrestling have also added to the stupidity factor in health care.”

With health care costs skyrocketing in the past twenty years, companies have been looking for ways to reduce their expenditures. Already, insurance companies are looking into the legality of using an intelligence test as part of any health or life insurance policy enrollment. This could lead to higher costs for individuals more likely to engage in stupid behavior.

“We just want to let people know that these costs are preventable. Increased education and jobs, combined with more intellectual activities can remove significant portions of the risk population to a safer medium. This reduces health care costs for everyone,” Hanson concluded.

Annabel Lee is a freelance journalist for the Baltimore Fake Times Journal. She forgot what she was going to write here.

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