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Should obesity be treated as a disease? Show more Show less
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Obesity affects more than 1/3 of America and is the leading cause of heart problems and heart-related deaths. In today's day and age, it is often normalized and praised. But should it be considered a disease?

Obesity is a disease Show more Show less

Obesity is a major problem in America. It kills thousands similar to diseases and should be classified as one.
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By definition, obesity is a disease

Disease - 'a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.'
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Context

Obesity affects many of our organs including our hearts, gallbladders and livers. It produces symptoms like chest pain, sleep apnea, gallbladder problems, clogged arteries and veins, and poor liver function.

The Argument

In the above definition, a disease is a condition with symptoms not activated by injury. While obesity can cause injury, it is not an injury in and of itself. Therefore, by this definition obesity is a disease.

Counter arguments

Obesity is very serious and should be treated with importance, but it does not fit into the definition of a disease. A disease is "a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury."[1] As obesity is the result of lifestyle choices, rather than being a disorder, it cannot be classified as a disease.

Premises

[P1] Considering the amount of health issues (and even deaths) obesity causes, it should be classified as a disease.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] If we are going by the definition of a disease, obesity is not one.

References

  1. https://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/2017-09-19/is-depression-a-disease
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