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Why Is Obesity Considered As A Disease?

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Obesity causes heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. When you group obesity in the same category as other diseases, it will help advance treatment and prevention. Once treatment is made priority, it will reduce other ailments as well. This will also affect how insurance companies treat obesity related conditions.

Obesity is a health condition which can have adverse effects on health. There can be various reasons behind it from genetic susceptibility, excessive food intake, lack of physical activity and more.

Obesity was previously recognized as a health problem and now is likely to be considered as a disease. In the U.S more than one third adults are obese. Obesity causes conditions like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and more. The obesity epidemic begins to grow among children.

Obesity as a disease:

When you group obesity in the same category as other conditions that require a range of medical interventions will advance treatment and prevention. By considering obesity as a disease, treatment will be made a priority reducing a variety of other ailments as well.

By recognizing obesity as a disease, the hope is that physicians will make treatment a priority, thereby reducing in the incidence of obesity-related disease including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

This may also affect how insurance companies treat obesity related conditions, pricey medications as well as procedures to treat them.

However, the main fear around this is that Americans may resort to expensive medication rather than exercise and diet. While the term ”disease” creates a stir. there’s however hope for more obesity prevention programs.

What do you think about the name change?

 

Edited by Pragya Sharoff

 

 

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Karen Allen
Karen Allen 5pts

Epsie, what part of NO MONEY don't you get? I cannot look around to find a doctor that works with compassion over income.

Epsie Atienza
Epsie Atienza 5pts

When I was still in college, my father had an operation. Went to d doctor's clinic for followup. His doctor is telling me that my weight is increasing and even told him(doctor) am not his patient,he said yes you are not but I am concerned about it health. Just saying.

Chandriker Brennan
Chandriker Brennan 5pts

yes it is a disease...im a herbalife independent wellness coach. came through many cases of people getting various kind of diseases and most of them are because of excessive fat in their body...fats are the main reason our organs starts to disfunction. especially visceral fats. thanks Ayurveda for always giving amazing health tips..indian way is always indian way...

Karen Allen
Karen Allen 5pts

Your probably not low income. Not many doctors to choose from in this small town, and I can't afford gas to drive to a city.

Chrissy Windley
Chrissy Windley 5pts

some doctors do actually talk about their patients weight. You might want to switch doctors if he/she doesn't care enough to speak with you about weight issues. My doctor mentions my weight when I see him for something. According to his charts, I'm obese for my height, so he discusses this with me and how I can lose weight etc. It all just depends on the doctor really.

Karen Allen
Karen Allen 5pts

Any doctors I 've seen never mention my excess weight, nor do they do anything about it when I do. The medical profession needs to address this on all patients, it should not be a specialist only problem.. Those with high income can somehow manage their weight problems , but the rest of us wait for heart attack or stroke. The system is so wrong.

Panfilo Jama
Panfilo Jama 5pts

Bill Cheverie are you following... WellnessbyScience.com

Ditas Tomas
Ditas Tomas 5pts

ive notice too,but others they can manage to normalize their cbc's ,etc except thay they can't run or walk fast.

Maria Chaney
Maria Chaney 5pts

It is inherited. It also is how your parents fed you.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Root cause to many diseases :)