Essay Obesity Is Considered As A Medical Illness

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Americans today tend to believe that obesity is considered as a disease due to the statistical fact that America has been recently recorded as the second most obese country in the world. When it comes to the topic of obesity, most of us will readily agree that there is a large percentage of the country that is overweight and/or obese. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of if obesity is considered as a medical illness, in other words, a disease. Whereas some are convinced that obesity is identified as a disease due to the mental illness aspect, I maintain that it is not classified as a disease because it was conducted into a way of living. Specifically, in recent studies, it can be proven that America is the second most obese country in the world stating that 31.8% of Americans are obese, recently it has decreased from being the first most obese nation. Although many people refer to the term obesity as being “fat” the correct definition would be “having an excessive amount of body fat.” This is different than being overweight, which can be connected with having more muscle than body fat. Obesity as an epidemic has been in place for many years now, and only continues to increase in numbers of both adults and the youth. Due to increasing of obesity percentages, the annual medical spending also increases to an astonishing $14 billion in 2008 alone. Even though there are many reasons regarding health risks, medical foundations do not have policy…

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