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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I most definitely don't consider obesity a disability.
    It is something which can be fixed with exertion of self control.






    Only by people with some will (Or is it won't) power.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    All I know is that when I'm at the grocery store or Walmart and see people who are morbidly obese riding those shopping carts, it's obvious that their mobility is restricted. Sometimes they're so large that their flesh spills over the riding cart. Their feet and ankles are huge, and I imagine that just walking to the bathroom is a real effort because I can often hear them gasping for breath.

    Doubtless, beyond the observable edema, there are other health problems, but my point is that if your mobility is severely restricted, for whatever reason, this is a disability.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I most definitely don't consider obesity a disability. It is something which can be fixed with exertion of self control.
    Sometimes it's not just about pushing away from the table; it's about not being able to be active because of other physical problems. You're not burning calories if you aren't moving. And sometimes it's because of medications.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    It is certainly a disability. In most, but not all, cases it is both self-inflicted and treatable... but once obesity has onset, it presents a significant physical impairment in the kind of work a human being can perform. If it is determined that an individual's obesity is not practically treatable, it should be treated as a permanent disability. Same as if you acquire permanent brain damage by huffing glue.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    It is certainly a disability. In most, but not all, cases it is both self-inflicted and treatable... but once obesity has onset, it presents a significant physical impairment in the kind of work a human being can perform. If it is determined that an individual's obesity is not practically treatable, it should be treated as a permanent disability. Same as if you acquire permanent brain damage by huffing glue.
    When would obesity become 'untreatable'?

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    All I know is that when I'm at the grocery store or Walmart and see people who are morbidly obese riding those shopping carts, it's obvious that their mobility is restricted. Sometimes they're so large that their flesh spills over the riding cart. Their feet and ankles are huge, and I imagine that just walking to the bathroom is a real effort because I can often hear them gasping for breath.

    Doubtless, beyond the observable edema, there are other health problems, but my point is that if your mobility is severely restricted, for whatever reason, this is a disability.
    Maybe if they parked the furtherest away and had to walk the isles, they would be more mobile. Their mobility is not restricted, it died from atrophy.
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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by ~SAL View Post
    so is your conclusion then that obese people do not have the same amount of self control as healthy weight people?
    For the most part, yeah. Or at least they lack self-control in that one aspect of life. Others may eat a good diet and be a healthy weight, but they smoke or drink. Pick your poison. I used to smoke. It was hell giving it up, and I'm like a crackhead when it comes to nicotine. I have to purposely avoid picking up a cigarette, or I know I will start smoking again. It's the same with food. If you have the choice between that chicken friend steak with gravy and fries, or that chef salad with low calorie dressing, it is within your power to make the choice for what is better for you. If you don't, you only have yourself to blame for it.
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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    Sometimes it's not just about pushing away from the table; it's about not being able to be active because of other physical problems. You're not burning calories if you aren't moving. And sometimes it's because of medications.
    Yes, you are burning calories- just not as many. The basal metabolic rate is the rate at which we burn calories just by passive means.
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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by gunner View Post
    When would obesity become 'untreatable'?
    When it is comorbid with other conditions that prevent the necessary lifestyle changes to correct it. If a person's fat enough and they can't exercise much, you can't-- responsibly and ethically-- make them lose weight by just outright starving them.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Obesity for a large percentage is mostly choice or lack of attention. Several times in my life I've put on some extra weight and taken it off. But for others it's situational and genetic. Ive seen young people who ate half of what I did and gain weight. Growing up around a family that provides poor nutrition and habits is a factor. Lack of activity due to age and physical disabilities (arthritis, back pain, etc) are contributing causes. Compulsive eating is a disease possibly metabolic and psychological in origin.

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