Weight Loss for the Obese Essay

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Weight Loss for the Obese

Today’s children are faced with a severe epidemic. Day after day, children are growing in size. The number of obese children is growing severely and scientists are perplexed. Obesity is a disease affecting thousands of people every day. While conducting my research, the argument that I found was most prominent was the debate between whether obese individuals should become fit vs. just losing weight. Most articles I found continued to say that obese people need to lose weight to reduce their chances of being affected by certain diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and heart attacks.
In the first article I read which I gathered from the NAAFA (National Association for Advanced Fat Acceptance)
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This organization seems to have a very one-sided outlook on all the research being done. It seems to be implying that being overweight is okay and as long as you are “fit” you can be overweight.
On the other end of the spectrum, I found an article talking about the complications related to obesity. In this article, which I gathered from Weight.com, it lists all the problems associated with obesity and some things that can be done to help fix or even prevent these complications. One thing that I found prevalent among these “cures” and “preventions” was the fact that weight needed to be lost. The article speaks that in most cases among hypertension, diabetes, degenerative arthritis, elevated cholesterol, and sleep disorders associated with obesity, a 10% loss in body fat would help prevent these health problems. This article was written by a doctor who has been doing studies and helping obese individuals since 1980. He states that the weight needs to be loss before an individual can become physically fit. I think the simple point he is implying, is that unlike the other article, an obese individual needs to lose the weight in order to be physically fit.
Both articles have good points in each but I think the underlying point that needs to be addressed is whether or not the weight needs to be lost. According to BMI scales, the weight needs to be lost but these standards are also not true for everyone. Athletes for example have a

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