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  • Medical World now labels Obesity as a "disease"

    Having told us for years; to eat loads of refined carbohydrates; the medical community now responds; instead of changing their dietary advice; to simply relabeling obesity as a "disease". Their response to the obesity epidemic; is to change the wording. Use a different term. A new label. Just pathetic. Had me laughing.

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    I think it actually makes sense since these days obesity is often the first visible symptom/sign of metabolic disease or Syndrome X. It's just unfortunate that they are clueless as to offering a reasonable treatment that actually works. It'll just be more of the same-old-same-old with possibly the ability to get insurance to pay for drugs more frequently.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    • #3
      Yup, we love to name symptoms and pretend we've "discovered" something.

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      • #4
        This is just sad. I hope people don't think that they have to treat this with medicine like you would other diseases. That would be tragic.
        "...You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.” -Ginny

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        • #5
          Being obese is the visible symptom/sign of eating too much for a longer period of time...
          Last edited by Gorbag; 06-19-2013, 01:52 PM.
          "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

          - Schopenhauer

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          • #6
            If you can call alcoholism a disease, why not obesity?
            I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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            • #7
              It is becoming a disease, not everyone that is fat is just overeating. Many are becoming fat from all the endocrine disrupters, pufas, refined carbs, chemicals, additives, dyes, corn/soy derivatives, etc, etc. all these things work against our bodies natural functions and make it impossible to overcome. Its no longer as simple as "stop eating so much" when all the foods people are eating are toxic. Not to mention, water, air, soil pollution, off gas, plastics, chemicals in toiletries....

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              • #8
                I agree zack..... actually pointed those things out to a person just today IRL.

                Problem is we so enjoy naming things so that we can fit people into nifty little boxes. That and you ever notice how people take ownership of a disease once they are told about it? "Well my obesity is just acting up today". I really don't have anything against it being labeled a disease. I take issue with the whole coding system and subsequent cultural outlook on disease in general.

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                • #9
                  Well we live in a sad society of lazy sheeple who would rather live a comfortable disease riddled lifestyle then take responsibility of their own actions and do something about it. Im not sad at all for these people, i am sad though for all the children who are raised by these people and are given a life sentence without a chance or even a say.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
                    I agree zack..... actually pointed those things out to a person just today IRL.

                    Problem is we so enjoy naming things so that we can fit people into nifty little boxes. That and you ever notice how people take ownership of a disease once they are told about it? "Well my obesity is just acting up today". I really don't have anything against it being labeled a disease. I take issue with the whole coding system and subsequent cultural outlook on disease in general.
                    This is my point. I am afraid they are going to justify being unhealthy with this label. That "Well my obesity is just acting up today" sounds like it might be followed by "So I cant help it if I still feel hungry after I have a whole sleeve of oreos". It just makes it sound like its out of their hands, and people might not even try to do anything else about it after being told that they have a disease. I agree with Zack too, its true that is becoming more complex than just eating too much for many people, but it can usually be helped without medicine and doctors. Having a disease makes it sound like you need an army of docs and a bag full of pills. Maybe Finnegans Wake is on to something....
                    "...You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.” -Ginny

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                    • #11
                      AMA is not a public agency--it represents doctors and drug/equipment manufacturers. Any action they take should probably be viewed in that context.
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                      • #12
                        even more than pills is the burgeoning industry in gastric bypass/sleeve/etc. kinds of surgeries. insurance will pay now and hospitals make lots of money off it.
                        As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                        – Ernest Hemingway

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                        • #13
                          I blame the FDA and USDA. They tell people what to eat. People eat that way, because they say it's "healthy." Ever notice how the "healthy" foods are the most mass-produced in the food industry? Then the FDA works with the medical industry to "treat" symptoms of these problems, with surgeries and pills. It's all economically-driven.

                          But alas, this is CV at it's finest: Treat the symptom, not the cause. I went to an MD about back problems, and they gave me Vicodin to help the pain. I went to a Chiropractor ("alternative medicine," as CV calls it) and they fixed my back, and thus no longer had pain. Guess the pharmacy lost a customer.
                          Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

                          Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
                          Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
                          Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
                          F/23/5'9"

                          26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                            If you can call alcoholism a disease, why not obesity?
                            Alcoholism is addiction to alcohol, some mental disorder(s) underlying it, but not all obese persons are addicted to food or have a mental disorder that makes them overeat…
                            "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                            - Schopenhauer

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                            • #15
                              Neckhammer and EIG, re: people owning diseases once diagnosed:

                              Amen! The most loathsome people, I find, are the ones that almost brag about this or that deformity, or family relation to someone with some malady. The worst, in my experience, are autism and breast cancer people. Typically they talk about it from the gullet under their throat, in a shaky, hostile, channeled, not-their-own voice, with a twisted sort of face of sadistic satisfaction.

                              Then there's the digestive issue people- I have met so many people with IBS, and I know because for some reason, evidently IBS people love announcing and describing their condition to people. It has me convinced that IBS is made up, and is implanted by a doctor's hypnosis. Such is the conviction and desperate emotional investment with which its sufferers speak of it.
                              "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

                              Jack london, "Before Adam"

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