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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    My 17 year old son is very thin. He's always been "underweight". He is all muscle though. Just recently after a bone density scan, they believe he has hyper-thyroidism which once of the symptoms is inability to gain weight. He's tried protein shakes, high Carb meals...nothing. He's physically active but while he grows taller, he's very thin. One of the doc's said his metabolism is extremely high. I'm not so lucky...lol.
    You know, I think doctors throw that label on any kid who isn't pudgy these days. Especially boys.

    That sounds like plenty of teenage boys I knew, to me. They shoot up fast -- before their bodies have had a chance to even lengthen their nerve endings, let alone pack on some more weight (ever wonder why they're so clumsy? ).

    But these days, not only do we have bad diets and sedentary lifestyles, but most boys are exposed to a huge amount of estrogen, or chemicals that act like estrogen, through stuff that they eat and eat out of, which often makes them pack on the pounds.

    When I was a teen, I got told the same thing, even though I was still within the normal weight range, albeit on the low side. My doctor tested me for EVERYTHING. Even Hepatitis C. Apparently it was just beyond her imagination that an American teen could be a bit on the thin side unless something was wrong.

    And ya know, I can't really blame her.
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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hijinx View Post
    As the topic states: Do you think that obesity counts as a legitimate disability?

    It's a pretty big deal in employment law according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and they count it as such under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. For all intents and purposes it would make sense that it does count as a disability, as they are technically disabled by definition (physical impairment or lack of physical functioning). But I just can't help but disagree with the notion. Especially considering how I know many people and I'm sure many of you might as well, who eat themselves into that situation. They're literally eating and drinking themselves into being disabled, and they get counted among those who are actually medically obese. That's just wrong to me.

    Here is a humorous article about the subject: Obesity: A Disability or a Lack of Responsibility? | We Are People 2

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    It depends, if the obesity has caused damage to his back or damage to his spine/joints than maybe. I am obese, have a very bad back and hip problems that make walking very painful. But people who are obese can have other problems that may not be the result of their obesity but that make their illness much harder.
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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hijinx View Post
    Right. That's my problem with the whole situation. In of itself it isn't a disability, but those who are medically obese will be wrapped up with those who ate themselves into obesity. I'm wondering if there is some way to draw a line. It doesn't make sense that someone who couldn't "drop a fork" receive the same benefits as someone who can't help it and was born that way.
    What is 'medical obesity'? Obesity results from consuming more calories than your body uses. Everybody who is obese ate themselves that way. If you don't eat the calories, you will not get fat. Of course everyone's body consumes energy at different rates and stores fat in different amounts in different parts of the body. There may of course be medical reasons why certain individuals require very different quantities of calories than others and metabolic activity also varies from person to person, but if the calories do not go in, the person does not get fat.
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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hijinx View Post
    As the topic states: Do you think that obesity counts as a legitimate disability?
    Honestly...

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    You've answered your own question as far as I am concerned. They ate their way into it, they can eat (properly) their way OUT of it.

    Pisses me off when I hear doctor's are trying to get this classified as a "disease." That's just to get access to more medicare and medicaid funds. Cancer is a disease, common obesity is usually a weakness of the will. There are clear medical exceptions which do exist though.
    Your last sentence comes off solely as a weak disclaimer intended to keep people off your back. After the very strong stand you took regarding just getting more funds and weakness of the will and how they "ate their way into it", it is unconvincing that you actually believe it.
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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    No, it isn't a disability, as it can be avoided and controlled by the person who is obese.
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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Your last sentence comes off solely as a weak disclaimer intended to keep people off your back. After the very strong stand you took regarding just getting more funds and weakness of the will and how they "ate their way into it", it is unconvincing that you actually believe it.
    Keep people off my back? Hardly. I just recalled that when I was a youth people mentioned that a glandular problem could cause involuntary rapid weight gain. Upon research I found the term: Hypothyroidism. In that rare case ONLY would I accept a medical diagnosis of a condition not the fault of an "over-eater."

    So, despite your disbelief in my sincerity (which you can shove up your "expletive deleted") I meant every word I said.
    If I stop responding it doesn't mean I've conceded the point or agree with you. It only means I've made my point and I don't mind you having the last word. Please wait a few minutes before "quoting" me. I often correct errors for a minute or two after I post before the final product is ready.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    Keep people off my back? Hardly. I just recalled that when I was a youth people mentioned that a glandular problem could cause involuntary rapid weight gain. Upon research I found the term: Hypothyroidism. In that rare case ONLY would I accept a medical diagnosis of a condition not the fault of an "over-eater."

    So, despite your disbelief in my sincerity (which you can shove up your "expletive deleted") I meant every word I said.
    I stand confirmed. Thank you.
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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I stand confirmed. Thank you.
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    If I stop responding it doesn't mean I've conceded the point or agree with you. It only means I've made my point and I don't mind you having the last word. Please wait a few minutes before "quoting" me. I often correct errors for a minute or two after I post before the final product is ready.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    I think I've noticed that overweight-obesity is more common in low-income groups. I'm guessing that sometimes it's caused by people not being able to afford to eat well or not knowing about good nutrition. A cart full of fatty, processed foods is cheaper and easier than one full of fresh, healthy groceries. A bucket of KFC with a box of fries is good value, volume-per-dollar-wise. In the city, where most people live (I think) it can be expensive to eat a healthy diet. If you know how to cook, can afford good food and make it a priority you probably won't have a problem but increasing numbers of people don't.
    It's not just gluttony, thats my take.
    There is nothing intrinsically unhealthy about processed foods but fresh groceries are not more expensive than junk food.

    That's besides the point though. No one becomes obese because they're eating the "wrong" food, whatever that is. You become obese because you eat way too much.
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