My husband would agree with you completely.
Originally Posted by GloriaInTX
I think obesity is something that might benefit from being called a disease, though. People need help with it, so this might make that more accessible. Maybe it will help them take responsibility for fixing it, which is more important than taking responsibility for causing it. (I think that's part of the process anyway, recognizing how it happened.)
I agree that classifying random things as a mental disorder is NOT helpful!
In this case though, it can help someone seek counseling for obesity related reasons. Maybe to identify over eating if that is what led to their obesity or if related to another disease...to work through that.
Agreed that I don't think it is a disease but is beneficial for care unlike the caffeine thing.
Maybe obesity's not like cancer, okay. But I don't think it's good for society and the medical profession to look down their noses at overweight people and be like "You got yourself that way so suffer the consequences." If it's regarded as a disease then maybe it will help with prevention and treatment. I don't think that there's going to be an increase in obesity just so people have the word 'disease' to hang their weight problems on. Nobody wants to be fat. Do I think obesity is technically a disease? I have trouble with that. I don't know. A condition, yes. But on the whole it makes no difference to me what word is used. Obese people need medical help, education and support. Maybe people don't want to pay for that, like through taxes or whatever. But with the rate at which obesity is growing I would think that the cost of care for other diseases that are secondary to obesity (like heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, etc.) would far eclipse that of obesity management and care.
Just because someone has a mental disorder (of course depending on what disorder) does not mean that they cannot help or control it. I don't agree with everyone not taking responsibility and blaming the "disorder." I'm fat. I bet if I went to a counselor who treated obese patients I would be classified as having a disease or mental disorder (compulsive eating or food addict or something), but I'm fat because I love food and I love sitting around and eating food. Fortunately, I can control it as I don't want to be fat anymore and that's why I've been going to the gym and watching my food intake. You can only be diagnosed with a disease if you look for a diagnosis and go to the right person, like the doctor or a psychologist, etc.
I really don't care what they want to classify obesity.