The American Medical Association has just voted to classify obesity as a “disease”.
Wow. That’s just wrong. I thought doctors were supposed to be smart.
I know obesity is being treated like an epidemic, so the expression goes, but that’s only because it’s big in numbers. There’s nothing very epidemic about it medically. You can involuntarily spread it. You can’t involuntarily catch it. You sure as heck can influence those around you to be overweight if you are, but it’s still a choice most people make. There are some, I realize, that have weight gain as a medical condition from conditions with their body, but those are rare in the group making obesity to be considered an epidemic. I’m not talking about those people. I’m talking about the regular ones who just make bad choices and don’t have enough motivation and discipline to keep from being obese. That’s the real disease, if you ask me.
To call obesity a disease is not only wrong, it takes responsibility from the people suffering from it. Suddenly, it’s no longer their fault. They’re victims, for crying out loud. All that’s going to do is make more people more obese in the long run. What kind of lunacy thinking is the AMA polluted with these days?
Also, if it’s a disease, you’ll have everything from insurance rates going up to more people with disabled plates, probably. Thinking about this, though, I thought wouldn’t it be a great idea to have a Run for Obesity? Kind of like the way they have a Run for the Cure for Cancer, and a run for just about everything else you can think of besides the common cold. They probably have one of those, too. I probably just haven’t heard of it.
But really, listen to this idea! A Run for Obesity could really cure the disease, unlike those other runs that just raises money and awareness in hopes it helps find a cure.
This run would actually cure the disease for many! That’s as long as you don’t let non-obese people run it for the obese people. Can you imagine that? The runners have a sign who they’re running for to identify that person as obese and not willing to participate?
The best thing about it all is you wouldn’t need to raise money and you could do it every weekend!
But for now, to the AMA… C’mon man!!!