The American Medical Association (AMA) has recently declared obesity as a “disease”. The AMA has stated that obesity is the number one cause of deaths due its correlation to cardiovascular disease. With this labeling one must remember that obesity is not an occurrence that happens independently of everything else – there are many factors that contribute to obesity.
Genetics and environment can influence a person’s behavior and eating habits. Some people inherit the ability for large appetites, some have a harder time regulating insulin, and some may prefer sweets over salty. People vary in these aspects just like how they would with physical and emotional characteristics. The idea that behavior is controllable is not as easy as it may sound. “If I can maintain my weight, everyone should be able to too!” makes the assumption that people’s brains and environments are indistinguishable which is not the case for any two people ever. To further complicate the notion of obesity as a disease, one must acknowledge all the other factors that tie into obesity. Factors such as lack of sleep, high stress, depression, pain, etc., can contribute to weight gain.
No matter what the AMA labels obesity as, the importance should be placed on if someone is healthy rather than if they are obese. Skinny is not synonymous with being healthy. Skinny people can have cardiovascular diseases as well. No matter what body type you have, being healthy should be the goal.
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