Yes, it is a disability.
No, it isn't a disability.
Maybe? Too much going on to say definitively.
In my view "disability" is a functional categorization that is independent of how one became disabled.
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I do object to "Obesity is caused by underlying mental or health issues' which you orignally posted.
I asked you to provide a foundation for that statement. You refuse to quantify 'obesity' for one thing.
Because my initial objection is that overeating and poor nutrition (eating too much of the wrong things like artificial sweeteners, transfats, etc) are the primary causes. If those are 'mental or physical issues,' I'd want to see that supported as well. And for the majority, not "some people cant control blah blah blah.' Esp since you have not quantified 'obesity.'
The Mayo clinic begs to differ with you. There are reasons WHY people eat poorly. Not all of them have to do with being lazy or poor.
I tell you what, talk to a recently diagnosed Type 1 diabetic, and ask them what they gorged on prior to their diagnosis. Most will tell you extremely high carb junk food or candy... because their body craved the carbs.
Building block or stumbling block.... choose.
"Most" people do not have diabetes or other medical conditions that contribute heavily to their obesity. (pun intended)
As far as I'm concerned, your claims are more incorrect than correct.
Of course it is , surprising that so many here know this not ... I thought the people here were smarter than that ..
I am, of course, speaking of true obesity, not runaway fatness , nor depression , yet another problem .
Obesity is not "mainly" caused by some unpreventable condition or psychological problem. It is mainly caused by a lazy culture that makes it easy for people to eat badly, and for younger people, growing up being raised by people who fed them crap.
I don't like cooking. It would be easy for me to fall into the "lazy eating" trap if it weren't for the fact that I grew up on good food, and I feel ill eating crap, whereas most Americans today seem to think feeling that way is normal. So I have no microwave, and I have an intentionally small freezer, and I just generally make it really difficult for myself to rely on crap, and therefore I eat reasonably well. I like good food. I just don't like making it. So I make it nearly impossible for myself to make bad food, thus I eat better.
Personally, I have a demonic craving for sugar. This is very common in humans -- we need more sugar than a lot of critters do because of the energy demands of our brains, and it's hard to find in nature, so our drive for it is strong. I like to attribute my love of sugar to having an especially large brain.
I have two ways I can address that. I can eat a lot of pastries and candy, or I can eat a lot of fruit. They both do the same thing. They both satisfy that craving.
I admit I'm weak for a good donut, but if I keep my place stocked like a monkey's horde, I will eat fruit, because it's there. So that's what I do. And some dark chocolate. It's good for you.
If I want my cookies, I'm gonna have to make them myself, and because I'm lazy, that doesn't happen terribly often. It's easier to eat the fruit. Even if the cookies do happen, at least I know they're made of actual food, not weird fillers and fake blueberries made to taste reminiscent of food.
People started eating crap because it's easy. Candy can be bought in great quantity, because it usually doesn't go bad. Greasy highly processed foods take less prep and are more instantly gratifying -- just throw it in the microwave. Corn syrup makes things cheap. They are getting worse because now they're born into families where people have always eaten that way.
Even people with medical problems are not simply relegated to ballooning out by 200 pounds, as someone else mentioned up-thread. I know a lot of people with such health issues. Over a dozen. An entire generation of my family got hit with metabolic problems and failures due to long-term toxin exposure, and I have several friends with various issues that can cause weight gain. None of them have gained more than 20 pounds. Most of them take their meds and they eat sensibly and many of them work out, and they have maintained a reasonable weight, with some staying within the normal range. Some have inched into the overweight category and can't get down lower than that, but being slightly overweight isn't a big deal as long as their lifestyle is good. The ones who don't do any of those things were already obese long before they had health problems.
Metabolic issues are not a cause to simply throw up your hands and let your bum spread. We have treatments for these things, and most people can control their weight to an extent if they put in the effort.
from wheat (which is not as filled with nutrients as it once was)
to cars (which enables people to ride instead of walk - which is why city folk are generally skinnier than country folk)
to processed foods
to foods filled with sugar that our kids face so much pressure to eat
to soda machines in school
to junk food that's cheaper (and far quicker) to buy and eat than healthy food
to high fructose corn syrup
...the list goes on.
Come to think of it, I'd have to change my vote to say that obesity is more and more a disability...but one not of an individual's making, but a result of the society we ourselves have built.
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