Is Obesity Really a Disease?

I can’t quite wrap my head around the American Medical Association’s decision to label obesity a disease.

Obesity, especially in children, can and often does lead to many diseases, but I’m not ready to equate it with diseases that are beyond our control. I’ve got friends battling cancer and I just can’t believe that should be in the same category as eating more calories than you need.

I know it’s not easy to limit your child’s portions. But it’s something that must be taught, especially for kids who are overweight, like many of us have been at one point or another. So was my disease cured? No. I exercise regularly and watch everything I eat. I always want one more slice of pizza, but I know I can’t.

Labeling obesity a disease is expected to make treatments and medical interventions more accessible. But wouldn’t it make just as much sense for employers to encourage healthy foods at lunchtime and provide opportunities to get up and move away from the cubicle?

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