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  • Treating obesity as a disease could be beneficial

    Obesity is something that has multiple effects on somebody, more than just their weight and fat portion- it affects the size of their arteries (they become more compressed which also creates a high blood pressure). The definition of a disease is a disorder of structure or function. Obesity does affect the structure of a human body, and it does affect function. People who are obese potentially have many health problems in addition to obesity.
    If obesity is treated as a disease at the least, insurance will be able to cover treatment for them, which would put a stop to the cost of treatment for prolonged illnesses due to their condition. Yeah this may raise the insurance for a while, but after the crisis of obesity becomes less frequent, the insurance will actually go down because a large amount of people will no longer need to be treated for side effects of obesity. Some may counter that obese people gave themselves this condition, when in fact it can be an environmental factor that can occur or even a genetic factor.
    In addition, if people make an effort to change food habits (the major cause of obesity), the food industry will have to accommodate the people (which would help with obesity in people in poverty)
    In conclusion treating obesity as a disease could benefit the individual (help them get back on track while being covered by insurance and have their condition taken seriously) , help society (the food industry will have to accommodate the people), and eventually lower insurance

  • No because its curable.

    Obesity should not be considered a disease because obese people do it themselves. Weight and body are easily maintained and obesity can be fixed with the proper diet and exercise so to call it a disease is wrong because it is not. People are too sympathetic when it comes to obesity.

  • Obesity is Not a Disease

    Obesity is not a disease. However, there are many diseases that can cause obesity. Diabetes or insulin resistance can cause one to gain weight. PCOS (polycycstic ovarian syndrome) can also cause someone to gain weight. Many diseases and injuries cause people to gain weight, but to consider obesity a disease in and of itself would just stigmatize people who have weight problems even more. We should be doing our best to support people, not to stigmatize them.

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  • Obesity is not a disease and shouldn't be known as one

    If you think obesity is a disease because of a BMI you're wrong. Think about the really muscular football players, fighters, they are considered "obese" because of there BMI, even though, they are some of the most physically fit people ever. Plus, everyone is beautiful no matter their body weight or appearance

  • A disease needs to make a person sick.

    Since obesity can often be part of the body's natural functions, how does it make sense to call it a disease? Some people are born to be overweight unless very restrictive and there are a lot of people who can be mostly unharmed by what is labeled on the BMI scale as being severely obese. Whenever a disease shows physical signs, it is usually much more severe than physical inconvenience and implied diet correlation and usually is deadly if left untreated for years. Fat people can live for just as long as normal people, but some are definitely fat from various diseases and addictions and carry a much shorter life span.


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