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6/21/13 11:20 P

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I know that my understanding of disease is very influenced by being diagnosed as clinically depressed and accepting that it is a disease. Growing up in the 50's and 60's emotional illnesses were seen more as personal failings. I think too many people look at all fat and obese people and see personal failures without understanding how many complex issues are involved.

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6/21/13 8:20 A

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I definitely see what you are saying. What I wonder about is why it is necessary to label it a disease in order to get it the attention that it deserves and requires. I don't think it fits the traditional definition of a disease. But perhaps we are redefining that definition.

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6/20/13 9:52 P

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My husband and I just had quite a discussion about this decision. He opposes the idea. I hope that it will make doctors more aware of finding a variety of "treatments" to help obese patients. I also hope that it will put further pressure on the food industry .i.e. comparing what they are doing to the cigarette companies.

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6/19/13 8:40 P

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I feel that I have had the disease and that I learned to control it with proper nutrition.....eating habits have changed. I am in charge of what I put into my system. I am aware of the processed foods, the sugar alcohols added to things that are hidden sugar. I am aware of the marketing that makes certain foods attractive and unless you take the situation into your own hands you will not be able to control it.

I learned to read labels. I found out what my body can process and what it cannot process. I found my pathway to a healthier person.

Will I every be the size I was at 18 no because the shape of the body has changed over the years. My waist is naturally thicker, my hips at a different angle, my rear repositioned itself.. The boobs have changed. My face has changed, but I can be healthy in my weight.

I hope that listing it as a disease will make people look at what they are eating. When at the grocery, it amases me to see the people with a hugh cart of groceries and there are not fruits or veggies at all.......chips, sodas, junk food.......lots of food with no nutritional value at all

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6/19/13 6:44 P

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Check out the Spark Polls, this question has been added today.
I think it is a disease, and I think medical science is discovering that our dis-eases are more unique to us that we might think.

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6/19/13 11:27 A

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Thanks, this is interesting.

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6/19/13 7:34 A

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How funny! I was just coming over here to make the same sort of post. I really am not sure what to think or feel about it.

I'm not sure it's a disease.

I heard this announcement on Morning Joe and if you've ever watched Morning Joe you know that Mika, the female host, has adopted obesity as her pet project. Except, at least to me, she has a unique point of view in that she believes that obesity is a result of advertisements, food companies marketing, and in general other external forces that cause women to be obsessed with food and their weight.

Mika has never been overweight but she is correct when she says that even thin women suffer over their weight. I used to be one of those women. Even when I was thin I thought I was fat.

So, I am not saying she doesn't have a voice in the discussion.

It's just that to me, it's a very complicated and personal issue. It doesn't really fit my definition of a disease. A disease has symptoms, a cause, and usually a cure. These things are usually the same (for the most part) for each person suffering from the disease.

I was thinking about this the other day. Every overweight person is overweight in their own way. They're usually overweight for different reasons. Our symptoms are different. I don't even think it has the uniformity that alcoholism does.

For instance I knew women who were my size where being overweight wasn't about putting distance between themselves and others. It wasn't about building a physical and symbolic barrier between them and life. This is very much true for me.

Being overweight for me has never been about loving to eat. When I am gaining weight, I do not like to eat. I don't like food. I don't look forward to meals.

Yet, I have known women who are overweight who while they don't necessarily always feel good about themselves when they eat, they do enjoy eating. They do like food.

So I guess I just don't really get calling obesity a disease. It's a physical condition, possibly a psychological disorder, and a behavioral issue.

But ... I guess now we can get treatment for it? Um...why do we have to call it a disease to get treatment for it?

All right ... moving along. Interesting to me ... but also confusing.

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