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AMA: Your weight issue is really a disease

June 24, 2013

Obesity is on the rise in Ohio, and at the present pace the adult obesity rate could reach nearly 60 percent by 2030, according to a recent study by the non-profit, non-partisan Trust for America’s......

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Jun-24-13 5:52 AM

For everything that obesity is, it shouldn't be labeled a disease. A lot of it results in unhealthy lifestyle choices made. If it is to stupidly make its way into the category of diseases, will obesity next be determined a disability and the obese be handed out handicap tags coupled with government compensation to buy their extra large sodas and fries with? Give me a break. Replace enabling with education.

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Jun-24-13 7:21 AM

Why can't people just keep their noses out of other people's business? It's no one's concern what I do or don't do or how much I weigh or what I eat or how much. Just like it is not my business what others do.

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Jun-24-13 8:42 AM

Whoops...the "a" word didn't get censored. Weird.

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Jun-24-13 8:55 AM

"For everything that obesity is, it shouldn't be labeled a disease. A lot of it results in unhealthy lifestyle choices made. If it is to stupidly make its way into the category of diseases"

Same could be said for Alcoholism (put the bottle down and don't drink so much), Drug Addiction (stupid decision to start using), Skin Cancer (put some sun screen on, wear a long sleeve shirt, etc), and many other diseases.

My health care cost are outrageous because of the stupid decisions of others. concernedpatriot - that makes it my concern, they are costing me my hard earned money.

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Jun-24-13 9:24 AM

You people who think your "hard earned money" is paying for obesity through either health care premiums or taxes are sadly mistaking. Everyone is paying higher prices due to greed and nothing else.

Just on a local level here in Marietta, take a look at Marietta Memorial, you don't think they have the money to do the expansions they are and will be doing by charging fair prices, do you? Marietta Memorial gouges the patient's insurance company who in turn gouges the patient through high premiums. That equals greed!

In any case, someone's life style is none of your business in the slightest. People need to relearn to keep out of other people's business and mind their own. If you are busy minding your own business, you shouldn't have time to be concerned with mine!

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Jun-24-13 9:29 AM

concernedpatriot , well said, to bad more people don't feel that way.

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Jun-24-13 9:31 AM

RiverRat, the first two paragraphs of your last post are dead on its the third one where you lose me.

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Jun-24-13 9:59 AM

Labeling obesity as a "disease" will surely lead to it being labeled a "disability" which means WE pay for their lifestyle. Just like so many other "diseases". WIC and Food Stamp allowable purchases need to be vastly altered, televisions and video/computer games need to be turned off along with air conditioners.......but then, WE would be telling them how to live and that isn't "fair".

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Jun-24-13 11:06 AM

An obese person is not healthy by any stretch pf the imagination. An overweight person can be healthy but have more muscle mass than the average. Those who say they are overweight or obese because they are "big boned" will find that their bones are the same size as everyone else, if they become normal weight. Unless of course, they have lots of Neanderthal genetic material!

I had normal weight for many years until I developed an illness that limited my mobility. Then I ate to console myself and didn't exercise much so the pounds piled on. Over time I touched the obesity line, then became overweight and then a normal healthy weight once more. Obesity is the symptom, not a disease.

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Jun-24-13 1:49 PM

Many years ago, people had a different lifestyle that included a lot more activity. When I was a kid we never stopped, we constantly rode bicycles climbed trees ,and walked all over. During the summer, we stopped only fr a quick lunch, then we were back out the door. That was a simpler time, and today's parents can't let their children have that freedom. There were not fast food joints all over, and none of us got super sized portions. Soda pop was a drink that was a once a week treat. I feel sedentary lifestyles, lack of time to prepare good meals and little knowledge of nutrition have contributed to this problem. I have also seen people that can lose weight easily where others have a slow go. They get frustrated and give up. I don't think anyone wants to be obese, but some obese people are in denial, and believe its no big deal. It is ,it plays a part in several diseases. Lose weight and you see an improvement.

and parents can't allow their children that much freedom. We

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Jun-24-13 1:53 PM

Sorry I not erase all of the extra. Walking is a good start , and Marietta has many good walking routes. Good luck to anyone trying to lose weight, usually your blood pressure improves and you can see an improvement in type 2 diabetes. If mobility problems keep you from walking, now is a good time to try water activities in a pool.

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Jun-24-13 2:43 PM

I guess I'm lucky. I can eat anything I want and not gain weight.

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Jun-24-13 2:59 PM

How ironic that the front page of the printed Marietta Times has an article right beside this one regarding the return of Twinkies. I like Twinkies too but I would never eat them. Obesity is NOT a disease, but obesity CAUSES a lot of diseases. Obesity is nothing more than poor eating habits and lack of exercise, no matter how you slice it.

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Jun-24-13 2:59 PM

Since adulthood my weight has been up and down, up and down. Sometimes I was fat (will that word be censored?) but I've never been obese. The word obese signifies overweight to a dangerous level, and then there is "morbidly obese" which is just what it says - obese to the point of endangering life. Obesity is NOT a disease - it's a malady, a problem, more of a mental health issue than anything else. Personal responsibility for ANYthing is being removed to the point of absurdity. My health insurance premiums are huge because other people won't take responsibility for their own lives.

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Jun-24-13 7:55 PM

What has happened to preparing foods from scratch? I don't want to hear, well, I work all day and don't feel like fixing a meal. I too worked all day, raised children, went to college, cleaned house, did laundry and still prepared a nutritious meal for my family. On top of that, add canning veggies and fruits for winter eating. I am not a super woman, I have always been a person who was concerned about my family's health.

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Jun-24-13 7:59 PM

Obesity is not a disease, some meds and health conditions can cause weight gain. The problem with the majority of obese people is that they are just plain lazy. To lazy to get some exercise, to lazy to prepare healthy meals and expect tax payers to support them.

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