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Obesity is a Disease?

Obesity is a Disease?

Yes, obesity is now classified as a disease by the American Medical Association (AMA). Do you agree with this?

Obesity is killing three times as many people as malnutrition.† The “disease” claims more than three million lives a year worldwide, according to a landmark study.

Even young children and seniors are becoming obese in most developed countries.

What is Obesity?

  • Mildly obese – a personís weight is 20 to 40 percent over ideal weight.
  • Moderately obese – 40 to 100 percent over ideal weight.
  • Morbidly obese – 100 percent over ideal weight.
  • Overweight – 10 to 20 percent over ideal weight.

This video shows the 10 Most Overweight Countries in the world with their customary foods. In this case, overweight would be considered anyone over 10 percent of ideal weight.

Is it really a disease?

Obesity itself is not a sickness but it certainly does create disease.† According to the AMA, a person in the obese category who is otherwise completely healthy and happy is now classified as sick. Critics are concerned that,†by classifying obesity as a disease, it allows people to not take personal responsibility for how they got there. This could be damage recovery.

Drug companies are fans of the AMA’s decision. The move gives them the opportunity to sell even more prescriptions, putting more money into their big pockets.

“Calling obesity a disease could allow for obese people who require medical interventions to get the help they need.† We need to be able to use this disease label to the extent that it makes people take obesity seriously, and not keep blaming people for being irresponsible,” says Marlene Schwartz, the acting director of the Rudd Center for Obesity and Food Policy at Yale University.

Eating too much is a much more serious health risk to the health of populations than eating poorly, except for the sub-Saharan Africa according to the Global Burden of Disease study.

We’ve gone from a world 20 years ago where people weren’t getting enough to eat, to a world now where too much food and unhealthy food “even in developing countries” is making us sick. Said Dr Majid Ezzati, chair of global environmental health at Imperial College London.

World Obesity Rates On The Rise: 480 million by 2022

Nine major countries (US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Japan, Brazil and Canada) will increase from 167 million in 2012 to 213 million in 2022. According to healthcare.globaldata.com

America is no longer the most obese country among more populated nations. America is number 2 in the ranks, right behind Mexico, with 31.8 percent of its population classified as obese, and followed by New Zealand (26.5 percent), Chile (25.1 percent) and Australia (24.6 percent).

Nearly 70 percent of Mexicans are overweight and close to one-third are obese.† Mexican teenagers are also obese; they have tripled in the last decade. In Mexico 70,000 people die each year from diabetes.

The same people who are malnourished are the ones who are becoming obese,Ě said physician Abelardo Avila with Mexicos National Nutrition Institute. In poor classes we have obese parents and malnourished children. The worst thing is the children are becoming programmed for obesity. It’s a very serious epidemic.Ě

See how many people become obese every second: World Meters Info Obesity

Why is Obesity on The Rise?

1. Fast food is excessively available. Filled with calories and harmful fats, it’s the main reason for the increase in obesity rates and being overweight. According to a survey by whichcountry.co,† fast food and home deliveries have replaced home cooking. Thank you America for exporting the love of fast food around the world!† As a result, it is exporting the increase of obesity around the world.

Mexico, being the closest to America, has the greatest increase in obesity in the world.†Mexicans drink the most soda, at 43 gallons per capita annually.† U.S. agricultural policies are a big factor in fueling that addiction, says John Norris atForeign Policy.

2. Our new sedentary lifestyle is another big reason. We sit at desks with computers, watch television and take the car or bus to work. No walking anywhere.

3. Stress is a big factor. Eat to avoid and medicate. Eating for comfort or as a reward. Using food to feel better. Food is used to fill the void.† People are lonely and disconnected from something deeper.

My Response to This Scary Trend

I see obesity or being overweight as a symptom of poor health. When people get healthier, weight drops off. †What needs to happen is for people to get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy.

This is why I constantly write about things like Acid/Alkaline Balance, Sugar Cravings, Smart Carbs, Food Combining and Powerfoods. I want to help people become healthy and then it naturally follows that they achieve their optimum weight.

Recently, I started teaching my own healthy version of the trendy 2 Ė 5 Diet. I emphasize getting healthy while losing weight.

Eat more salads with healthy salad dressings:

Tomato Dressing Some fast food salads have more calories than a hamburger meal. They should be using a healthy light dressing like this.

Light Lemon Olive Oil Salad Dressing A classic!

Crunchy Salad A combination of crunchy and tasty makes you chew your salad. Good for digestion and weight management!

Alkalizing Mixed Green Salad You can’t lose weight if your body is acidic!

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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11:08AM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Oh please...I ain't buying it---especially when I see on a daily basis hordes of fat people walking out from KFC-McDick's and god knows how many others--not to mention when in restaurants these obese people do not make an effort to even order something healthier on the menu but order the most fat laden foods possible. Tough 4 me to have sympathy when I see these people treating their bodies as a human trash can. This is wrong and will hurt the few people that eat well and have underlying heath issues which they gain weight from.

11:32AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

If over eating were the only thing that caused obesity, there would not be so many obese people.Those of you who still think that are way behind the times. So why are you still wanting to punish over weight people? At some point, your endocrine system will go out of ballance and your weight will baloon up, no matter what or how little you eat.Food, even high quality food, and calories are just not the only factors involved.Best to temper your judgement a bit so you can release your attention to being self rightous every time you see a fat person.

6:09PM PDT on Oct 10, 2013

Thanks for the information.

7:19AM PDT on Oct 9, 2013

Typical of our culture seeking to excuse any personal responsibility for our personal and social condition. Re-characterizing any self-imposed condition as a "disease" is the ultimate buck-pass, where we no longer carry any responsible for not only our condition, but also our actions resulting in the condition. Obesity is the result of VOLUNTARY BEHAVIORS, not an organic "disease" for which we have no control~!! Most of the problem is a basic physiological "balance of payments", where you’re ingesting more calories than the energy you’re expending. The pathology of obesity will likely increase as the population becomes more indifferent and detached from their own health and self-respect…

2:16AM PDT on Oct 9, 2013

Thank you :)

10:32AM PDT on Oct 2, 2013

Many people in the West suffer from hypothyroid - which causes obesity; many more people suffer from Iodine deficiency - which also causes obesity and both cause many MANY more problems.

11:16AM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

The only reason obesity is now classified as a disease is money - insurance reimbursement for treatment as well as prescriptions. Neither of which address the cause. If people were obese while truly eating only whole foods in appropriate proportions and moving their bodies throughout the day - then I would be more gentle toward the word "disease". As much as people get offended by it, most people are fat because they are food addicts, eat too much, eat high calorie foods, and don't get enough exercise. If people are obese due to hypothyroidism or other endocrine imbalance - then THAT would be the disease. Obesity is a symptom. Rubbish.

2:02AM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

Thank you :)

5:36AM PDT on Sep 28, 2013

It is a disease in terms of the body being at "dis" "ease"....an unbalanced state but unfortunately in American society to classify something as a disease is to assign a pill to it instead of the widespread changes and transformation we need to do as an individual and society to address such a multifaceted issue.

Creating Satisfries is not going to solve the problem. Recognizing that Satisfries are an abomination to real food, our environment and our physical/emotional/spiritual well-being would be more effective.

It's difficult to have higher thoughts or actions if you don't first put in the effort to take the steps to properly nourish your body to be able to make them.

Eat real food and free yourself for your higher purpose in love and life :O)

7:40PM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

The medical community is coddling fat people to spare their feelings. Seems to me the term disease is abused this way and others. Disease should be for contagions. Use malady or disorder or condition for those various other non pathogenic illnesses.

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