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Obesity being designated a disease recognizes its adverse effects on physical and psychological health. Pleas on behalf of the corpulent to not being judged and regarded without compassion are timely. However, obesity's classification as a disease could devolve the self-control needed to assume personal responsibility for the unhealthy dietary and sedentary choices we make. Dieting, weight consciousness, anxiety about bo...
It remains controversial whether overweight and obesity confer protection when one becomes afflicted with a chronic disease. The debate would benefit from a shift in focus from susceptibility to more serious iterations of a whole range of chronic medical problems, to the obese sustaining higher acute risks from anaesthetic, pregnancy and post operative complications. They are more difficult to resuscitate in trauma and...
In the article ‘Should we force the obese to diet?’, Giordano drew similarities between the anorexics and the obese, suggesting that if people could accept it ‘ethical to force people to maintain “a proper diet” in the anorexics, there could also be similar justifications to force the obese to diet. There are problems with this premise. First of all, even though anorexia and obesity are both related to problems with e...