Being overweight is a problem, but is it really a disease? This is one of those tricky situations where saying it’s not a disease could be insulting those that suffer from being overweight due to some genetic factor that’s not their fault, while saying that it is grants those that choose unhealthy lifestyles a pass by saying that they simply can’t control their own lives and what they do with them. See how that works, or doesn’t?
Obesity can aggravate and even cause other diseases.
Being overweight can definitely cause a wide variety of problems for a person when it comes to their physical health since added fat in the body and too much weight on one’s frame can create a lot of difficulties. For instance, too much weight on one’s lungs can make it hard to sleep at night, too much fat on the liver can hamper it’s normal functions, and of course, diabetes is a big factor that tends to scare a lot of people since it becomes a lifelong companion once it’s allowed to get out of control.
There are plenty of things that can go wrong with gaining too much weight, but calling obesity a disease rather than a byproduct of a genetic issue or a less than healthy lifestyle seems a bit problematic.
There are a lot of reasons that people become obese, but only a few of them point to genetics.
The idea of calling obesity a disease isn’t so far-fetched that it can’t be correct at all, but a lot of times it has to do with the amount a person eats, the amount of exercise they get, and the overall lifestyle they live that really affects their weight gain or loss. Someone complaining of a lazy thyroid that causes them to gain weight should probably think twice before visiting McDonald’s or any other drive-thru to pick up a greasy hamburger or other treat, as their thyroid argument goes right out the window the moment they pull up.
There are those however that continually try to lose weight and simply can’t for one reason or another, which argues that genetics does play a big role. Some families do in fact seem to run towards the heavier end of the spectrum even if they remain particularly active, but being ‘born to be fat’ is a very rare occurrence and even if a person is heavy they can still be healthy.
But calling it a disease is kind of like walking the fine line of a teeter-totter, it’s a tough balance to maintain.