Thursday, June 20, 2013

Is obesity a disease?

Recently the American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease. Is it really a disease or did they do this, as they say, to help facilitate insurers to pay for treatment? Let's looks at the definition of "disease" by Dictionary.com: "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." I suppose under that definition obesity is a disease, strictly speaking. The problem of labeling obesity a disease is that people then feel less responsible for being obese. They may say: "I have a disease, what can I do?" Other than seeing a doctor to ensure you are healthy enough to exercise (you probably are), the doctor can't help all that much with your "disease". Most people don't want to face the real truth of their problem. The solution to the overwhelming majority of the cases of obesity is in the mirror of those that have it. We tend to seek outside solutions when the real solution lives within us. The fix is not a pill or surgery or patting someone on the head to tell them "everything will be ok". It won't be ok unless and until you make it ok. You must do the hard work of admitting you are the problem and realizing you are the solution. Do that and you have taken the first step to curing yourself.

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