Obesity Starts to Eat Everyone

by cynthiachu on September 25, 2013 - 11:07pm

 

Food takes an important part in our life. In fact, if one does not know, in order to live, one needs principally some oxygen, nutrition and water. However, some people tend to abuse nutrition, which leads to health problems. As a matter of fact, eating too much is like not eating enough. What made me read this article is that it surprisingly claims that obesity is a good thing.

In the article1, it reports that two doctors have challenged the conception people have on obesity at the 55th Annual Scientific Assembly and Business Meeting in 2013. They assert that, even in the past, weight gain was a sign of prestige and that storage of fat is still important nowadays for the survival of humans. Also, they mention that there are in fact no actual proofs that weight gain is linked to how healthy a person is and that obesity is simply caused by multiple factors, such as genes.

I strongly disagree with these doctors because one needs to know the difference between being obese and have the essential amount of fat in one’s body. In fact, according to Merriam-Webster2, obesity is a condition one’s body has an excessive accumulation and storage of fat. In the website of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute3, the National Institutes of Health claim that overweight can cause diseases related to the heart and lungs, cancer, diabetes, strokes, high blood pressure, etc. This is why I consider obesity as a serious and negative problem for a person.

For many years, obesity has been criticised not as a cosmetic problem, but as a health problem for a reason: It can lead to death. In fact, this is why I find it problematic that, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute3, at least 2.8 million adults obesity is classified as the fifth leading risk for global deaths since it is preventable. And it is certainly not with both doctors’ assertion that it will get better.

 

  1. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/obesity-can-be-good-doctor-tells-...
  2. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obesity
  3. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/obe/risks.html

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