In a column in the Huffington Post (5/19), preventive medicine physician Scott Kahan, MD, of Johns Hopkins University, wrote, “The National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, and numerous other scientific organizations regard obesity as a disease, yet most people continue to dismiss obesity as a ‘willful misconduct’ and label people who have obesity as lazy and weak.” Dr. Kahan argued, “In fact, the vast majority of Americans, regardless of weight, are eating unhealthily and barely moving. … Yet, while we instinctively comfort and support normal-weight persons who suffer from hypertension or diabetes or other chronic diseases, even though unhealthy eating and inactivity were likely involved in developing those diseases, we ridicule and punish persons with obesity,” a stigma to which physicians themselves are not immune.
HealthDay (5/11, Goodwin) reported that, according to research presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, “having the flu during pregnancy isn’t associated with a heightened risk of autism or developmental delay in children, although having a fever during pregnancy might be.” In addition, “giving birth by Cesarean section isn’t associated with autism in offspring, but having diabetes or high blood pressure or being obese while pregnant seems to be.”
In addition, “the mothers of children who were delayed developmentally were about 150% more likely to be obese before pregnancy, have diabetes, or have high blood pressure,” WebMD (5/11, Doheny) reported.
Manifestions of Obesity Diagram
Reuters (4/1, Marcus) reports that research published in the American Heart Journal suggests that fitness may be a better predictor than weight of whether individuals with certain heart problems are more likely to die in the near future. Researchers found that individuals who were both somewhat thin and fit had the lowest risk of dying during the study period. Patients who were overweight but still fit had twice the risk of dying during the study, while individuals who were obese but fit had three times the risk of dying during the study. Meanwhile, individuals who were considered unfit and were overweight were almost seven times more likely to die during the study period, but unfit normal-weight individuals faced an even higher risk of dying.
I bet you didn’t know this …
Obesity…even being overfat… is a disease.
At least that’s what several social groups wish you to believe. “Suffers Of Obesity” is just one of those groups. Their entire stance is obesity (which, btw, can be only 30lbs or so over your ideal bodyweight) is an actual disease.
Well, is it?
Yes… and no.
Comedian Ricky Gervais has a hilarious go at this stance… that obesity is a disease. You sometimes have to laugh, you know? ; )
“No… it’s not a disease… it’s greed. You just love to eat,” or so Gervais believes.
Well, in my first newsletter for 2010, a new decade with new ideas, I’m here to share a new idea with you:
We really need to redefine some words.
One of those words is “disease”.
Case-in-point: Wikipedia.com defines disease…
“In human beings, “disease” is often used more broadly to refer to any condition that causes pain, dysfunction, distress, social problems, and/or death to the person afflicted, or similar problems for those in contact with the person. In this broader sense, it sometimes includes injuries, disabilities, disorders, syndromes, infections, isolated symptoms, deviant behaviors, and atypical variations of structure and function, while in other contexts and for other purposes these may be considered distinguishable categories.”
Let’s think about that.
If you bump your knee against a sharp object, is this a new disease called “bumpuskneeitis?” Er… no. It’s an accident. Sure, it may ’cause’ a specific set of symptoms that could broadly (as in as broad as the back-side of a barn) be considered a “disease”, but … no. It’s an accident with biological consequences.
Social problems? So, if I decide to read 17 books on why my parents suck as a teenager and develop anti-social behavior, is this a “disease”? NO! This is the angst of youth combined, perhaps, with poor parenting! Sure, it can lead to mental issues that could be classified as “disease”, but guess what?
It’s totally within your control. No one force-fed the books to the teen. And no one is force-feeding you, or anyone you know.
That decision is yours and yours alone… and anyone, repeat ANYONE on the face of planet earth can change their behaviors and attitudes toward food.
Okay, some more thoughts on disease:
Let me give you a few examples of what is typically thought of as “disease”…
We’ll just take three… there are thousands as you know.
Now, we can all agree that these three states represent true “disease”. The first you could catch by accident; the second is a combination of genetics, environment, and who-knows-what-else, and the third is almost always genetic.
One, cancer, is something you ‘may’ be able to do something about. For example, lung cancer. 90% of lung cancer patients contract the disease from smoking.
Let’s just cover these 90%, shall we?
And folks, I’m asking for an open mind here…
Is lung cancer, in the case of the 90%, REALLY a disease?
Or is it a biological consequence?
Sure, “cancer” is a disease. But what caused it in this case? Something involuntary? Hardly. Something that could not be stopped?
The 90% caused it. Period.
Welcome to the real world.
So, I propose this: We redefine “disease” as an abnormal biological condition that we DO NOT have direct cause or effect over.
Airborne viruses: Disease. Obesity: NOT a disease.
And yes, lung cancer in chain smokers: NOT a disease; it’s a biological outcome. The end result should be treated as a disease, of course, but come on: Where is the responsibility folks?
Life, if you want to life it fully and without fear, is ALL about taking total responsibility. That’s empowerment. Anything less is… well, LESS.
In our example, lung cancer is no more a “disease” than, say, me hitting myself over the head with a hammer every day and causing brain damage is a disease.
Brain damage (not self-induced) = disease.
Brain damage caused by self-inflicted hammer-hitting = biological consequence. In this case of sheer stupidity!
Now, one could (and many will) make the argument that I had a “mental” disease that caused me to WANT to hit myself over the head with a hammer… but… well…
At this point we need to redefine the word “disease” in my opinion. Here’s why:
First, if this were the case, I could say that all criminals have a disease.
They all have a mental disease that makes them want to kill, steal… you name it.
This may in fact BE true… we do not know… but do we hold them NOT responsible if it is? No, we do not.
And that brings us back to obesity.
Obesity and being overfat is not a disease folks…
—— > it’s a biological consequence.
And, with the exception of the extremely ‘rare’ cases of total glandular dysfunction from birth, obesity… your bodyweight… is your responsibility.
Period. End of story.
Sorry, but that’s the way the ball bounces.
Am I being mean? No. I was obese. I have a right to speak my mind about it, and trust me: My depression (a disease… sorta… some genetic, but a lot of it was caused by eating too much sugar) definitely aided in my obesity.
Then how come I’m not obese any more?
I found a better way to eat. I re-trained my body to crave this style of eating (and exercise) over stuffing myself with pizza and burgers every day.
Here’s what I use:
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It torches bellyfat… and it reprograms the body and mind to use food as fuel… especially if you use my “7 Minute Body” workout system (you can get it at 77% off after you pick up EODD on the page above… ; )
So be brave. Be fearless. And be responsible.
Oh… and be sure not to catch “internetemailitis”… its a disease that causes you to want to check your email more than 10 times a day.
I have it. So be careful… may be contagious. : )
P.S. In my journey from obesity to total leanness I had to overcome ‘real’ diseases, like pituitary failure from a high fever (i.e. viral pneumonia that almost killed me) and, yes, clinical depression (partially my fault; partially not… i.e. half disease, half biological consequence.) So I have sympathy, believe me. But I also know what you can do once you have a solid plan in place and a determined mind.
Then no “disease” can stop you… at least the ones that do not kill you.
So go for it… be brave, be responsible… and be lean!
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