Should obesity be treated as a disease?

Obesity affects more than 1/3 of America and is the leading cause of heart problems and heart-related deaths. In today's day and age, it is often normalized and praised. But should it be considered a disease?

Obesity is a disease

Obesity is a major problem in America. It kills thousands similar to diseases and should be classified as one.

By definition, obesity is a disease

Disease - 'a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.'

Obesity has significant impacts on the body

Heart disease, clogged arteries, and respiratory issues are a few of many symptoms of obesity.

Obesity is not a disease

Obesity can be caused by unavoidable outside forces and is therefore not a disease.

Obesity can be caused by injury or medicine

A disease is not something that can be caused by external factors.

Many things have negative physical impacts that aren't diseases

There are hundreds of causes of symptoms like obesity that aren't diseases. Obesity can be deadly without being a disease.

Obesity is caused by overeating

Obesity is most often caused by poor food choices. When a body burns less than the calories provided, people gain weight.

Obesity is a mental illness

Most of the causes of obesity are related to mental health. Therefore, obesity is a mental illness.

Mental illness can cause obesity

Depression is a major cause of weight gain as is anxiety and eating disorders.
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