Obesity Argumentative Essay

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According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, there are a high amount of adults in America over 20 years old with some form of weight problem. 33.1% of these adults are overweight, 35.7% are obese, and 6.3% suffer with extreme obesity, only 31.2% are at a healthy weight. Such a widespread presence of weight issues not only constitutes a negative stereotype, but another series of questions. Since the issue is so rampant, does that make obesity a disease? In November 2013, the American Heart Association changed its guidelines so that obesity was now considered a disease, which caused a significant amount of controversy to rise (heart.org). However, following definitional standards, obesity should not be considered…show more content…
It contrasts with the idea of targeting a specific area. Excess fat may seem to accumulate in certain areas- such as thighs, stomach, etc.- however, it will spread to every part on the body. Along with subcutaneous fat, fat stored under the skin, there is also visceral fat which is fat that surrounds important internal organs (visceral pp. 3). Obesity covers all parts of the body which doesn't align with the definition of disease. These characteristics are paralleled with obesity because the outcomes seem to stem from the excess storage of fat. What isn't being taken into consideration is the other problems that may be causing disorder and the symptoms. People who struggle with obesity should be helped to be set on a right track to health. The negative stigma in society should be fought against. However, obesity should not be looked at as a disease. There are certain diseases that can cause obesity and obesity can lead to other health complications but, obesity is not the disease. A cyclical pattern begins to form when considering obesity and what it does to our bodies. Poor lifestyle choices or a disease leads to obesity and also leads to symptoms and disorder in bodily functions. It is the choices we make, not the outcome of those choices, that affect our health, positively or

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