Obesity As A Disease?

1512 WordsOct 27, 20167 Pages
Obesity as a Disease Recently, a lot of debate has gone around about whether or not obesity is considered a disease or not. It is very difficult to pinpoint one sole reason obesity is occurring in people, there are many different justifications for what causes a person to become obese. Obesity is a disease that is currently sweeping the entire world. Percentages of not just adults, but children are skyrocketing like never before. People have never been so overweight until now. I am going to examine why obesity is considered a disease through a scientific, economic, historical, and futuristic lenses. Obesity is when you have an excessive amount of adipose tissue , or body fat. There are several different ways you can develop this “extra” fat. The more commonly known way is simply eating too much (consuming too many calories), but there are many other ways. These ways include health conditions, medicine side effects, emotional factors, smoking, age, genes & family history, lack of sleep, environment, inactive lifestyle, and lack of energy balance. Often times, people who are obese also suffer with other diseases that may have contributed to their obesity in the first place. When a person is clinically depressed, a lot of times they overeat to deal with their emotions, which causes them to become obese. Another example of a disease that might have made a person obese is Hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones, which

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