At 5'8" and around 212 lbs last time I weighed myself, I qualify as having a BMI of over 30 and that puts me in the obese category, so I have a disease! Wow. Who knew?
I find it a little odd and disturbing. And almost kind of...amusing maybe? My snarky side keeps thinking, "Do I qualify to wear a t-shirt that say 'Handi-capable'"?
I don't want to cause controversy over who pays for gym membership so I guess what I'm asking for is for people to delve deeper with the idea of what is a disease and what are the causes and how does it make you feel to have this sort of thing officially labeled a "disease" whether you qualify as "stricken" with it or not.
Disease can mean: "a disorder of structure or function that produces specific signs or symptoms" or it can mean "a particular quality, habit, or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or group of people"
And no matter how vague they are in all the zombie movies about how the pandemic of zombies starts... the "disorder of structure or function" has a cause...bacterial, viral, genetic or social.
Alcoholism is a social disease. You can't become an alcoholic if you live in a society that has no alcohol. But if you are prone to addiction and there is no alcohol, maybe you will transfer that addiction to food...or sex...or...extreme sports...or BRAAIINNNS...or whatever...
You can have cancer and it can go into remission. Can you cure obesity, or just put it into "remission" ??
We can not live in a society without food...but do we HAVE to allow companies to engineer food to appeal to that part of our brain that really can lose control and can't "just have one"
Should there be warning labels like on cigarrettes?
Where does one person's freedom end and mine begin? Rights of association come into play then. I don't keep that stuff in my house and I try to avoid people and situations that make me unhealthy....
Just thoughts to chew on...calorie free...of course.
At any rate - food for thought about what this "labeling" means for you as an individual on this journey.
I don't think I really consider obesity as a distinct disease. I think it is a symptom of myriad other issues but it is not something you "catch" or just simply develop all by itself. I can understand their reasoning behind it (to draw focus and push through more insurance support) but I think it just enables people in the end to continue on as they are, providing them that crutch of "oh, I'm obese because I have a disease" and not as a result of their lifestyle choices.
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