On Friday, I shared with you this article from the Huffington Post.
The article shares the news that the American Medical Association has labeled Obesity as a Disease.
There are all sorts of varying opinions about this…and I want to know yours.
I’m genuinely curious in what you all think.
I’ll kick off this discussion with my thoughts on the issue….
I have mixed feelings about it…
For one thing, I’m thankful that Obesity is finally being recognized (and taken seriously) as a life-threatening state. That’s exactly what it is – a condition in which the body is ultimately being destroyed. Obesity is a serious, serious problem in this country – it needs to be addressed and and the trend needs to be reversed.
On the other hand, and predominantly,
I fear that labeling Obesity as “a disease” will be code for “an excuse.”
I fear that labeling Obesity as a disease will lead to more prescriptions of pharmaceutical drugs rather than necessary lifestyle changes.
Obesity is a not a cause, Obesity is an effect.
It is a reflection of a lifestyle - many factors come into play, and if the correct changes are made, an obese person can bring themselves to a healthy weight.
I believe our country needs to be educated – we need to be open about our state of health, welcoming to new (healthier) ways of living, and willing to change. We have to be proud of making healthier choices and not be afraid to “go against the crowd” in terms of lifestyle.
I could write pages more, but ultimately (and in a nutshell),that’s my point of view…now let’s hear yours.
*all perspectives are welcome, of course – I just ask that everyone comments in a respectful manner.