Do You Think Obesity Is Considered an Illness?

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    May 08, 2011 5:18 PM GMT
    im writing a research essay on whether obesity is an illness or not,

    do you believe obesity is considered an illness?

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    May 08, 2011 5:26 PM GMT
    More of a malaise. You won't die from obesity, but from complications associated from it (e.g. heart disease resulting from obesity). You can definitely make an argument for the addictive eating behaviors that lead to obesity in the mental illness category.
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    May 08, 2011 5:43 PM GMT
    I would consider obesity an illness. I just finish my research paper about the food industry and the diseases it plagues society with like a few days. From reading different books and doing research on it, I will say most people in the medical field now believes its an illness. You can probably add in your essay that hmmm... that the rise obesity was really uncommon or did not exist at all in till the introduction of western processed foods. You can make an argument that obesity is an illness as a result of processed foods being introduce into westernized society in the last two to three decades ago. Obesity is not found in native populations and indigenous populations around the world, so its a western disease. Hope that helps.
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    May 08, 2011 5:43 PM GMT
    I think so. Why else would somebody choose to eat themselves into that state? And I think that once people address the underline reason then changes can truly be made.
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    May 08, 2011 5:51 PM GMT
    A_1991 saidI would consider obesity an illness. I just finish my research paper about the food industry and the diseases it plagues society with like a few days. From reading different books and doing research on it, I will say most people in the medical field now believes its an illness. You can probably add in your essay that hmmm... that the rise obesity was really uncommon or did not exist at all in till the introduction of western processed foods. You can make an argument that obesity is an illness as a result of processed foods being introduce into westernized society in the last two to three decades ago. Obesity is not found in native populations and indigenous populations around the world, so its a western disease. Hope that helps.
    oh that info is great! although i need sources icon_biggrin.gif

    do u have any?

    thnx for the response btw everyone.

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    May 08, 2011 5:55 PM GMT
    Is it not quite rude to call Obesity, as an illness?
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    May 08, 2011 6:05 PM GMT
    I think there are too many different strains of obesity and underlying causes to group simplify "obesity" and then label it is an illness.

    The "I think this looks good" strain is definitely not an illness - it is an active choice to consume large amounts of calories and live a sedentary lifestyle. Some people genuinely believe bigger is better. Who is to judge that? Definitely not the DSM.

    The "I eat because I am sad, I am sad because I am fat, oh look there is another Twinkie and I am going to eat it" strain is definitely an illness - but obesity is not the illness, it is the underlying depression/mental illness which just manifests as a really heavy guy that is not able to put down the fork at the pie factory. This sort is generally still able to hold down a job, but when they walk into iHop you wonder if the bench is going to collapse under their weight like in Shallow Hal. They can still lead normal lives. Which is starkly different than:

    The pure unadulterated eat-eat-eat-eat *shrug shoulders* eat-eat-eat kind: that is an illness. The kind that gets affixed permanently to their vinyl recliner after years of not getting up. The kind that needs to have a hole cut in the side of their trailer so they can be lifted out with a forklift. That kind - that is not always rooted in depression. This is the only kind of obesity I think is an illness - a complete and total incapacity to get on with life and fit in somewhere/anywhere.

    Which just scratches the surface of the universe of underlying causes. Some eat because of a bad childhood; some eat because they can't find their true love today; some eat because they think they are about to get fired. All of those I think are situational awareness - the same as a person drinks too much at the bar because they got dumped or the boss yelled at them at work.

    As a general rule (there are always exceptions) I think that obesity is not the illness, it is just the outward manifestation of feelings.

    I prefer heavy guys to be funny - like Kevin James - not sad depressing people. So everyone should go hug a heavy person today so they can quit being depressed and go start writing jokes for me to laugh at ^_^
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    May 08, 2011 6:05 PM GMT
    VenkyJock saidIs it not quite rude to call Obesity, as an illness?
    i dont see why it should be

    i can only help the people who are suffering from it,

    since if it will be classified as an illness, insurance would have to cover it,

    and that would help many more people overcome it

    it can only help.
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    May 08, 2011 6:07 PM GMT
    VenkyJock saidIs it not quite rude to call Obesity, as an illness?


    Not really. It may have some degree of social acceptance, but pretty much even any obese person will tell you they're very unhappy being overweight and it's a substantial burden on them in many ways.
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    May 08, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
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    A_1991 saidI would consider obesity an illness. I just finish my research paper about the food industry and the diseases it plagues society with like a few days. From reading different books and doing research on it, I will say most people in the medical field now believes its an illness. You can probably add in your essay that hmmm... that the rise obesity was really uncommon or did not exist at all in till the introduction of western processed foods. You can make an argument that obesity is an illness as a result of processed foods being introduce into westernized society in the last two to three decades ago. Obesity is not found in native populations and indigenous populations around the world, so its a western disease. Hope that helps.
    oh that info is great! although i need sources icon_biggrin.gif

    do u have any?

    thnx for the response btw everyone.



    Here is a qoutes I used in my essay:

    In Michael Pollans’ book, In Defense of Food: an Eater’s Manifesto, Pollan blames the food industry for the main cause of fear for the increasing rate of western diseases growing in America and around the world, which is destroying the way, you and I and countless cultures have eaten. He makes claims that, “people who eat the way we do in the West today suffer substantially higher rates of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity than people eating any number of any number of different traditional diets”( Pollan 90).

    Just site the book as a source

    http://www.forbes.com/2007/02/07/worlds-fattest-countries-forbeslife-cx_ls_0208worldfat_2.html

    Use that as reference as how obesity has affected those countries

    Maybe you want an example of how obesity has plagued other countries:

    http://articles.cnn.com/2010-05-06/world/kuwait.fast.food.obesity_1_kuwaitis-adult-onset-diabetes-food?_s=PM:WORLD

    Fast food affecting them and rise obesity

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/how-tiny-nauru-became-worlds-fattest-nation-2203835.html

    The worlds fattest nation nauru, which is an island who imports all food since it is hard to grow anything on the sandy island.

    Those are some of the references I used in my research essay, but mines was moslty dealing with capitalistic globalization food industry affecting and destroying other cultures with western diseases.

    If your mainly dealing with whether obesity is an illness or not, I think it limits you on what you can say. You should expand that idea and include how our different diets have changed from the past till now. Just throwing out ideas for you bud.
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    May 08, 2011 6:12 PM GMT
    Fatiness, for that most part, is a left over survival mechanism. One that's doing a lot of us more harm than good at the moment. I'm a stress eater. And lately, been under a TON of of stress.
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    May 08, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
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    A_1991 saidI would consider obesity an illness. I just finish my research paper about the food industry and the diseases it plagues society with like a few days. From reading different books and doing research on it, I will say most people in the medical field now believes its an illness. You can probably add in your essay that hmmm... that the rise obesity was really uncommon or did not exist at all in till the introduction of western processed foods. You can make an argument that obesity is an illness as a result of processed foods being introduce into westernized society in the last two to three decades ago. Obesity is not found in native populations and indigenous populations around the world, so its a western disease. Hope that helps.
    oh that info is great! although i need sources icon_biggrin.gif

    do u have any?

    thnx for the response btw everyone.



    Here is a qoutes I used in my essay:

    In Michael Pollans’ book, In Defense of Food: an Eater’s Manifesto, Pollan blames the food industry for the main cause of fear for the increasing rate of western diseases growing in America and around the world, which is destroying the way, you and I and countless cultures have eaten. He makes claims that, “people who eat the way we do in the West today suffer substantially higher rates of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity than people eating any number of any number of different traditional diets”( Pollan 90).

    Just site the book as a source

    http://www.forbes.com/2007/02/07/worlds-fattest-countries-forbeslife-cx_ls_0208worldfat_2.html

    Use that as reference as how obesity has affected those countries

    Maybe you want an example of how obesity has plagued other countries:

    http://articles.cnn.com/2010-05-06/world/kuwait.fast.food.obesity_1_kuwaitis-adult-onset-diabetes-food?_s=PM:WORLD

    Fast food affecting them and rise obesity

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/how-tiny-nauru-became-worlds-fattest-nation-2203835.html

    The worlds fattest nation nauru, which is an island who imports all food since it is hard to grow anything on the sandy island.

    Those are some of the references I used in my research essay, but mines was moslty dealing with capitalistic globalization food industry affecting and destroying other cultures with western diseases.
    TYSM
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    May 08, 2011 6:28 PM GMT
    GEM12 said
    VenkyJock saidIs it not quite rude to call Obesity, as an illness?
    i dont see why it should be

    i can only help the people who are suffering from it,

    since if it will be classified as an illness, insurance would have to cover it,

    and that would help many more people overcome it

    it can only help.


    I was only thinking that obese might get more hurt calling Obesity as an illness...but if this is only going to help people, then you have my support.