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Is obesity a disease?

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Started: 3/19/2015 Category: Health
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Freespeechisgud

Pro

Obesity, like other diseases, impairs the normal functioning of the body. People who are obese have excess adipose (or fat) tissue that causes the overproduction of leptin (a molecule that regulates food intake and energy expenditure) and other food intake and energy mediators in the body, which leads to abnormal regulation of food intake and energy expenditure. Obesity can impair normal mobility and range of motion in knees and hips, and obese patients make up 33% of all joint replacement operations. Obesity is also linked to reproductive impairment, contributing to sexual dysfunction in both sexes, infertility and risk of miscarriage in women, and lower sperm counts in men.
DylanAraki

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Before I begin, I'd like to point out Pro completely plagiarized his post without even referencing it. (1)

Pro mentions several examples of which obesity harms the body, much like a disease would. However, in order for obesity to be considered a disease, it has to completely meet the definition of a disease, regardless of any other signs that point towards it being a disease. A disease is defined as: "a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; illness; sickness; ailment." (2) Also, obesity is measured as anyone with a BMI of 30 or higher. (3) Obesity does not meet this definition. Yes, as Pro proved obesity disrupts the functioning of the human body. However, although obesity sometimes results from genetics or is a side effect of diseases (1) a person can have a BMI higher than 30 without any disease or bad genetics. As for nutritional deficiency, although it may cause obesity one can still achieve a BMI higher than 30 by eating a lot of healthy foods. In fact, many obese people are in good health and live long lives. (1) Therefore, since obesity does not in all or even most cases meet the definition of a disease, it cannot be considered a disease, regardless of its effect on the body.

1-http://obesity.procon.org...
2-http://dictionary.reference.com...
3-http://www.alternet.org...
Debate Round No. 1
Freespeechisgud

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DylanAraki

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Freespeechisgud

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DylanAraki

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