Is obesity a disease or a lifestyle choice? | The Tylt

Is obesity a disease or a lifestyle choice?

35.7 percent of adults in the United States are considered obese, and obesity in American children more than tripled from 1971 to 2011. Many stigmatize overweight people, and say they have control over their condition—they just need to make better choices around eating and exercise. But others argue poverty plays a major role in obesity, and the National Institute of Health, the World Health Organization, and numerous other scientific organizations all regard obesity as a disease. What do you think?

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Many physicians and health researchers argue that treating obesity as a personal failing is both medically inaccurate and getting us nowhere.

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Scott Kahan, Medical Director at the STOP Obesity Alliance and Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness, argues that many diseases are lifestyle-related, but unlike heart disease or diabetes, overweight people are shamed and blamed. 

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Enough with the judgments. Not everyone in America has control over their lifestyle; access to healthy food, exercise, and information around nutrition has become a privilege. Stigmatizing obesity as a personal failing only compounds the problem.

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Others disagree, and say Americans just need to eat less and exercise more. Some speak out harshly against the fat acceptance movement, saying it's normalizing a destructive condition.

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And others say calling obesity a disease strips people of personal responsibility and agency, which they need to deal with the problem.

Society loves to play the blame game and point fingers at the food manufacturers, restaurants, portion sizes, genetics and now the possibility of labelling obese people as disabled. This is ludicrous. People are literally dropping dead because of their weight, and we’re telling them that it’s OK, it’s a disability and you can’t fix the problem because you were meant to be this way. Millions of overweight people claim that their weight is not their fault. It is. You are the only one who can truly stop yourself from being obese. 
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