Yes, it is a disability.
No, it isn't a disability.
Maybe? Too much going on to say definitively.
this would say to me that it is not merely physical and that we do not understand obesity triggers yet
European portions are much smaller than ours and often higher in fat yet they remain small...all meals have vegetables and frequently wine.
We have to learn to ramp up the taste in our food with spices instead of salt and whatever else they throw into our food.
Kind of a tough call, this poll.
Obesity can be disabling, but isn't immediately disabling as it's clinically defined.
I'd probably qualify as morbidly obese (~320lbs) but I wouldn't call myself disabled. I might not be running a marathon anytime soon, but I can certain go shopping without needing the handicap spot. I even appreciate the occasional requirement to walk a distance, since I generally lack the motivation to go out and walk by choice (as it leads to several forms of pain...)
As to why I'm personally obese, that's the annoying thing.
People here say it's all about the calories but it's not. On a normal day I eat under 2000 calories; I don't actually eat a lot of food. According to the calculators I should be losing weight at anything under 3200! But I don't.
My biggest problem is my sedentary lifestyle. I work from my computer, I hobby from my computer, I game from my computer.
If I manage to get to the gym on a regular basis I do begin to lose weight and I bulk up pretty quickly, but one cold or week-long back pain and I've lost all momentum I'd gained and it's months before I get back into the swing of things.
Coming in late and posting blind.
Obesity is usually a symptom of something. It can be a symptom of overeating and/or being lazy which arent disabilies. It can be a symptom of something really wrong with a person, which would be a disability. If a person gets so obese they cant function normally, at that point it can be a disability to the point that they need help and special considerations to get back in shape and without these considerations they couldnt function anymore.
Is obesity a disability? Technically, it fits the definition. It interferes with the ability to earn income and to support one's self, and it creates or exacerbates health problems. The real question is: is obesity a preventable disability? (Yes, for the most part). And if so, how should people with this disability be treated?