Proponents contend that obesity is a disease because it meets the definition of disease; it decreases life expectancy and impairs the normal functioning of the body; and it can be caused by genetic factors. Opponents contend that obesity is not a disease because it is a preventable risk factor for other diseases; is the result of eating too much; and is caused by exercising too little.
Yes or no? Thoughts?
The day I can catch extremely high cholesterol off of someone is the day obesity should count as a disease
edit: Holy crap people; it's satire, no need to go full on Jeremy Hunt on me
Yes, it is a disease by definition. But it isn't contagious, its almost exclusively a consequence of poor life choices.
Whether its a disease or not shouldn't take away from that point.
Edit: BTW, thank you to OP for repping me up to an 8th gem <3
I understand why people might say that and I don't actually know how medics would go about classifying a disease so I'd probably agree with what the 'experts' say about the matter.
But personally, it is not a disease - it's a lifestyle choice and a bad habit. I think there are rare cases of diseases which would cause someone to be obese - but this just proves obesity is the effect of something, not a disease itself.
Though of course metaphorically speaking, obesity certainly is a 'disease to society'.
Call it whatever you want, it's just the result of someone choosing to eat too much and use up too many resources.
yes, obese people are a disease
nah just kidding - I don't think obsity is a disease
at least, not in a conventional sense - it's about self-control
I used to be fat and I had to go through a fundamental lifestyle revolution to become thin and fit
I never thought it was a disease - it was just force of habit that I loved unhealthy food
I think it should be treated as a mental health illness, I had been overweight for a while as a result of illness it was seriously horrible the mobility, confidence and general fitness you lose is horrible and for most I assume these factors accumulate and you put on more and more weight.
I can't imagine how difficult life is when obese but during my short stint as a fatty I don't think anyone should have to live like that.