Obesity is a disease in America !

During past few years Americans discussed the issue of Obesity being declared a disease. Some people agree with it while some don't. Both have their own facts and figures. Here we will try to figure it out that whats the thing we are missing, and is it a good decision to declare Obesity a disease in America. Will it have any positive effect on the lives of Americans or it will just add some extra money to accounts of leading pharmaceutical companies.

Yes, Obesity is a Disease

Here are some facts to prove that Obesity is a disease.

  • Obesity leads to diseases like Hypertension and Diabetes. It can also lead to various heart diseases and stroke as well.
  • If your BMI level is above 30 then you are Obese. If its between 25 to 29.9 then you are overweight. Check your BMI Index
  • One third of all Americans are Obese. According to a survey done by Lifestyle magazine in 2012, the number of Obese people in America is more than number of Overweight.
  • 75% American Men are either Overweight of Obese while 67% American Women come under this category.
  • According to CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), 112,000 deaths per year are connected to Obesity in one or other way.
  • In 2008 the annual cost of Obesity related disease was 147 million.
  • Severe obesity qualifies as a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

No, Obesity is Just a Condition

Some people say that Obesity is not a disease in itself, its just a condition which may lead to other diseases. Those who don't support the decision of declaring Obesity as a disease have got the following facts.

  • Declaring Obesity as a disease made one third population of America a patient.
  • Declaring Obesity as a disease will increase complications in getting health insurance. Insurance companies may increase premium amount of an obese person by saying that he/she is suffering from a disease.
  • It will make pharma companies utilize the opportunity by making medicines for Obesity and people will take them to get rid of obesity. Just like Hair Growth sector, which is a leading money making sector for pharma companies, Obesity will be next opportunity for them.
  • Sometimes Obesity is not due to overeating or inactivity, it may occur due to heredity.
  • Even Sumo Wrestlers are Obese on BMI scale, but still they are considered as best in health. 

America is paying the price for being one of the most advanced countries on the planet. American Kids are one of the most obese kids as they play on gaming consoles instead of play ground and eat a lot of junk food while watching television. Declaring Obesity as a disease might make people think about the seriousness of this condition. If someone utilize others Obesity to make monitory profit then its not good, especially if they tell them that its treatable by medicines.
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