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    "Obesity, like alcoholism, depression, and anxiety, is a disease. There are definite medical patterns: hormone imbalances, neurotransmitter deficiencies and nutritional exhaustion that all contribute to obesity".

    What do you think?
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    (Original post by GreenBell)
    "Obesity, like alcoholism, depression, and anxiety, is a disease. There are definite medical patterns: hormone imbalances, neurotransmitter deficiencies and nutritional exhaustion that all contribute to obesity".

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    Obesity in itself is not a disease or illness, but it can be the result of or related to various diseases or illnesses. Depression, alcoholism etc are illnesses in themselves.
    So it's like consuming alcohol is not an illness, but you could be consuming alcohol because of your illness (alcoholism). Or crying isn't an illness, but can be caused by depression which is. Or sleeping isn't, but excessive sleeping can be due to illness.
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    (Original post by GreenBell)
    "Obesity, like alcoholism, depression, and anxiety, is a disease. There are definite medical patterns: hormone imbalances, neurotransmitter deficiencies and nutritional exhaustion that all contribute to obesity".

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    (Original post by DeeStudent)
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    Yes, of course there are some diseases or disorders that cause obesity. But, I was talking about obesity in general.
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    It has been officially classed as a disease by numerous health organisations world wide. But I can see why some people might oppose this and not understand why it would be classed as such.
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    No, obesity is not a disease.

    Obesity is caused by poor diet choices, pure and simple.

    There are conditions which can make it harder to lose weight, but I'd like to see anyone in the obese category eat a measured and balanced diet of 2000 calories every day for a year and remain at the same weight.

    There may be underlying conditions which cause obesity, but I'd say obesity is a symptom rather than a disease.
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    This rather depends by what definition you describe "disease".

    if you just go by the google definition - "a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury." then:

    it is a disorder (insomuch as we understand it is not the typical state of human health)

    it does produce specific symptoms and affect specific locations (joint issues, cardiovascular and circulatory issues, so on and so forth)

    and it's not the result of a direct physical injury

    thus, by this definition it clearly is a disease - even before considering other matters which have at least comorbidity, if not being inextricably connected and part of a broader disease or diseases. It's also worth noting that just because something is caused by one disease does not mean it in itself cannot also be considered a disease (see primary and secondary diseases - also confusing the term disease with a pathogen that causes a disease in contemporary media seems to be part of the issue in considering obesity a disease).

    Moreover, regardless of whether it's considered a "disease" in an abstract sense of definitions only, it undeniably represents a considerable public health cost to the government - regardless of the extent to which the healthcare of the country in question is funded publicly. So from a policy perspective, it's just as reasonable to approach it in the same manner as environmental pollution and toxins, recreation drugs, alcohol, and tobacco consumption, etc, etc. It's not difficult to accept that, while you may or may not define it as a disease per above, in line with the aforementioned public health issues obesity may cause other diseases or symptoms itself that require treatment and represent a productivity reduction cost, with the cost to the taxpayer and government represented by it high enough to merit action by health and policy professionals.

    Part of the issue with the matter is that, frequently obesity and similar problems are represented as individual moral failings, rather than problems caused by the fundamental nature of contemporary late capitalism society. One could argue dental issues are not diseases but in fact symptoms of "poor dental hygiene" on the part of the individual...but few people who would so wholeheartedly reject the notion that these issues are in fact a) diseases, and b) ought to be treated.

    Of course this has gone off on a tangent somewhat regarding treatment of disease beyond mere recognition, but realistically that is the underlying discussion in such matters, so...

    But realistically by any medical definition it is a disease, as the term "disease" is fairly broad. It represents a difference in the normal functioning (i.e. interruption of normal homeostatic processes) of the human body, therefore it is a disease.
 
 
 
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