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Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems.[1][2] Body mass index (BMI), a measurement which compares weight and height, defines people as overweight (pre-obese) when their BMI is between 25 kg/m2 and 30 kg/m2, and obese when it is greater than 30 kg/m.

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1 Calling it a disease Get off your ass and exercise!
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2 Overrated Nowhere near the epidemic that it's claimed to be
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3 Never Boned Still rocks.
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4 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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5 They're mean and bitter! Esp the women...it ain't my fault your fat!
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6 BMI Skewed to make you more "obese" than you are
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7 They blame it on the food It's not their fault you ate three Big Macs!
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8 It became an epidemic 60% of adult males are overweight.
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1 Part of the reason is, you can't control much things, but, short of certain issues, one should be able to control their weight. Some people see someone that is overweight, and see a lazy bum who has no urge to be fit -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on August 31, 2013, 12:15 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Sadly, that's what it is. People need an excuse to hate other people, and fat people are not on the "Do-Not-Offend-Or-You're-A-Bigot" list. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on August 30, 2013, 8:44 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 You're not allowed to be racist or sexist or homophobic or anti-Semite or Muslim, so now everybody's becoming weightists, for lack of a better term. People will weigh whatever they want to weigh, period. All this focus on 'obesity" is being done to distract you from how the government is brainwashing you to be a good little sheep while they take all your rights away. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on August 29, 2013, 7:29 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 I noticed that three people said that obesity still rocks. Really? I say it sucked from the start. -- Submitted By: (JayD) on August 29, 2013, 12:28 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I hate seeing overly obese people buying cart fulls of food from grocery store. You're thinking "hey, they're helping a grocery store make a lot of money at least." Well, yes and no. Mainly because they take forever and block lines. Lastly, they pay with their food stamp cards. Do fat people really need food stamp cards? I see actual hungry people almost all the time where I'm at, give them a card. Sometimes, when I'm at food shelves, I occasionally see fat people running to them. You do NOT need to be raiding a foodshelf when you're fat! Get your ass out of here and do something with yourself. By that point, I think there are some idiot jerk fat people around. Raiding food shelves from the actual needy. I don't buy into and never will buy into the mythical rumors of fat people. Big Boned? Yeah, right. Don't blame the food, blame your lack of self-control. When it all comes down to it, that's what it's about. Fat people love to sue McDonalds because they can't control their developed habit of going to their restaurants and completely buying tons of sandwiches off their dollar menu and stuffing double quarter pounders down their fat necks. Then waving their sluggish arms around "MCDONALDS MAED ME DO IT! SUE SUE!!" then when they get the money should they successfully win. THEY GO AND BUY MORE FOOD TO STUFF DOWN THEIR THROATS! -- Submitted By: (Infyrin) on August 27, 2013, 11:55 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Robert, you make a damn good point about the stigma of being fat vs say, being alcoholic. As an example, if someone is fat, society tends to make fun of them and seems to consider it acceptable. It's as though with obesity or simply being a little overweight, people seem to attack the person rather then the issue. If they drink too much, society often seems to treat them like a hero or at least laughs at them but in a way that seems to consider the habit funny rather then dangerous/foolish. Society indeed seems to view drinking as 'it's a very bad habit to get into and/or you need to cut down before you end up killing yourself.'. That or 'you have a problem. This is why AA exists. Please, get help.' It's not the person they're saying is bad, it's the drinking they're saying is bad and is the issue. While with being overweight, it sometimes feels more like 'you're fat because you're a bad person and/or being fat makes you a bad person." Instead of (if indeed, over eating is to blame) 'You're overweight because you eat too much and/or are too inactive. If you want to lose weight you need to make some lifestyle changes. Help is available but you need to admit and accept that you have a problem.' What makes it worse is that we all need to eat while we don't need alcohol. It's easy to over indulge when it comes to something we do every day out of a biological need. As for the medical system stuff. I was speaking from the point of view of someone that lives in a country with socialized health care. Although even with an insurance system, wouldn't it be like car insurance where everyone ends up paying more if some people cost the company more money for whatever reason? -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on May 24, 2011, 4:15 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 I don't understand how treating people's obesity costs America millions of dollars. If I need a root canal, I pay the dentist's bill. Nobody else. Or is it based a faulty statistic tweaked to make fat people look like a drain on society? Since we don't have socialized medicine (or whatever it's called), how do fat people cost others money? Fat people pay for their own insurance and medical bills. I agree with ExplodingConsole on the obese kids thing: Parents who let their kids weigh as much as a minivan should be investigated, and their kids should be helped immediately. I also agree with Dolfan that there are plenty of other unhealthy lifestyles out there, WAY worse then obesity, yet less condemned: promiscuity risks STDs, excessive drinking causes alcohol-related illnesses, and so forth. Unlike other TRUE diseases, obesity can be cured with diet and exercise. No amount of pushups will undo a person's HIV infection, and eating tofu instead of potato chips will do nothing to cure an alcoholic's liver cancer. I think the reason obesity is the new villain is because fat people are an easier target and still have stigmas against them. I sigh in relief that they don't have an ultra-powerful lobby (in which calling a person "fatso" is considered a hate crime). As for fat people who blame others for their plight, they have nobody to blame but themselves. It's not like Ronald McDonald barged into their home and crammed big macs into their mouths. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 24, 2011, 10:57 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I can't make them and I know I don't have the right to. In the end, it's their life and their body. And yes, it's also a case of don't judge others unless you prepared for others to judge you. The problem is that, a lot of people sometimes fall into the trap of seeing others not as separate people with their own lives, motivations, feelings, thoughts, influences etc. It's easy to see someone else behave in a way we consider less then acceptable and to imagine ourselves in their position and wonder how 'we' could do such a thing. Sort of how someone that is obese might not understand why someone else has an issue with it while the other person might not understand how the obese person can live like that. I think it's also the issue where it can be very hard to change one's lifestyle. I'm sure there are a lot of obese people that want to (perhaps badly) lose the weight and life a healthy lifestyle. Actually doing it however is a whole different thing. And like with so many other things, it's often not a matter of only eating less bad for you type food, not eating bad for you food anymore or walking to the store/work/school a bit more often. Losing weight and keeping it off can be one of the hardest things to do. Although, as others have said, I think that the so called obesity epidemic is way overblown. People talk as though half of the kids out there are obese when I doubt it's any worse then it was 20-30 years ago. Everyone seems to say how when they were kids that they were more active, ate less candy and less fast food and all this that and the other and how they lived so much better then the kids of today. If parents think there is an issue then I think they need to use their position as parents to do something about it. Only complaining about it isn't going to change anything. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on May 23, 2011, 3:03 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 I'm with Robert all the way on this one. What people weigh should be their business. The same people who want to force everyone to weigh the same are the ones who keep saying you can't legislate morality. You can't tell people how to act but you can tell them what to weigh and what to eat? Puh-lease. And the medical system is drained anyway by malpractice suits, insurance companies (that doctors HATE having to deal with) and drugs for diseases I never heard of 10-20 years ago whose side effects can KILL you. And someone 5-10 pounds overweight is NOT "obese". I think the whole thing is driven by excessive shallowness to be honest. Everyone *knows* exercise is good for you and the people who want to do it will while those who don't, won't. It's as simple as that. How about addressing the far bigger issue of rampant societal amorality that's led to political corruption, celebs making a mockery of the justice system, and crime being worse than ever? After those issues are dealt with THEN people's body shape can maybe get worried about. It's not as if people who don't have the right look aren't already shunned by society anyway. If that's not enough motivation for them to lose the weight how are YOU going to make them? -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on May 22, 2011, 6:11 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Normally, I'd agree about the idea that it's their body and if they choose a lifestyle that leads to them being overweight or worse that it's their right. However, being overweight can lead to any number of health issues, which puts a drain on the medical system. It's also the issue of overweight parents tending to raise overweight kids. When one's bad habits start effecting the health of others, then I think it's no longer a private matter. The ultimate problem is that people want to blame everyone else but themselves for their problems. It's that and everyone wants a quick fix. Staying healthy can sometimes be a full time job that requires a lot of effort and honestly will not always be all that fun. It's often so much easier to just go to McDonalds or another fast food place to get a meal. Likewise, it's often so much easier to watch TV or play a video game then it is to exercise and/or take a walk. I think the bottom line problem is that it's become so much easier and perhaps even far more tempting to live a lifestyle that leads to being obese that it's of little wonder its become an issue. I'm not sure what the solution is because it seems that human nature could perhaps be the root of the issue. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on May 22, 2011, 1:02 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 I've done some research on high fructose corn syrup: I heard it's not the villain people make it out to be. Your body can't tell the difference between it and cane sugar. Sugar is sugar. It's probably like saying the Vitamin A found in sweet potatoes is unhealthier than the Vitamin A found in carrots. The reason it's not "natural" is because it doesn't come from cane sugar. I agree people should eat healthier and take better care of their bodies, but it's none of our business. People have no right to impose themselves onto others. You see what happens to those who try to impose themselves onto gays or women who want abortions. Besides, when it comes to the people in my neighborhood, obesity is HARDLY the epidemic it's made out to be. There are a few fat people here and there, but it's their bodies and their choices. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 21, 2011, 10:40 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
12 I'm going to have to disagree with the majority here. Any time I go into public I see tons of morbidly obese people waddling around. The USA is said to be the fattest nation on earth. Obviously Americans are incapable of making dietary decisions on their own. The question of why Americans are so fat also needs to be answered. I have heard that "Americans are lazy" explanation and just don't buy it; I don't think our lifestyle is that much different that Europe. Personally speaking, I have no idea about nutrition and I suspect many others in my age group are the same. That's because they stopped teaching nutrition entirely in my schools sometime in the '80s to make room for AIDS/Safe Sex and Drug Education programs. There are also all sorts of weird genetically modified foods here and crap like high fructose corn syrup that are banned in other countries. All this needs to be studied and perhaps certain kinds of foods and oils need to be banned outright. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on May 19, 2011, 8:18 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 It's the media jumping on something to be self righteous about... for a while it was the battle against smoking, then it was the battle against global warming, now that is slowly fading away and now it's obesity and gay rights stuff... give it a few years and it'll be something else. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on October 21, 2010, 5:28 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
14 Calling obesity an "epidemic"? Puh-leeze. *facepalm* It is NOT a disease, FFS! I don't see more fat people these days than I did 15-20 years ago. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on October 21, 2010, 1:18 pm - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
15 Obesity was never a problem, its just the news media trying to find something to talk about. There are no more fat people today then there were 30 or 40 years ago. -- Submitted By: (quimbyt) on October 3, 2010, 6:20 pm - (-2 votes) - Login to Vote
16 Obesity is a problem, a problem that has been blown way out of proportion by the left. Are kids fatter these days? Yes. Who's to blame? First and foremost are the parents. Taking your kids to McDonald's for most of their meals is the problem. Letting kids play video games and sit around indoors is the problem. Letting kids eat junk food on a regular basis is the problem. When I was a kid, McDonald's or fast food was a once a week, maybe twice a week treat. Most of the time I played sports outside with my friends. When I got into high school I was involved. Today as a functioning adult I can watch what I eat, work out, and at the same time enjoy a treat or fast food without it ruining my health. I did this because of my parents, not because of Super Size Me, not because of laws regulating food choices, not because vending machines were taken out of my high school (they weren't), but because my parents taught me a good balanced diet, the benefits of exercise, and at times indulging yourself. People suing McDonald's or demanding that P.E. be taken out of school programs are way off base here. Weird diets, government laws, and hatred towards fast food aren't the problem. Lazy, indifferent parents are the problem. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 3, 2010, 11:32 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
17 I agree with MCS that obesity hardly qualifies as an epidemic: it's neither killing people in alarming numbers nor difficult to cure (eating less and exercising more are two of many cures to this so-called "epidemic"). I'm also sick and tired of people calling it an "epidemic". But, it's not fat people's fault that their condition has been given this ridiculously inaccurate term. People who consistently use incorrect words and change the words' meanings to reflect their new definitions are to blame. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on April 28, 2010, 7:36 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
18 I hate when people call this an epidemic. That would imply it was a disease that people had trouble fighting. This can be cured by getting off your ass and moving around once in a while. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on April 27, 2010, 9:40 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
19 Considering the urge to overeat can be as addicting as tobacco, alcohol, etc., a support group could be a good idea. Since some people often eat because they are bored silly (like I do sometimes, which is not a good thing), curing boredom could also help alleviate the problem. When I read a book or go on the computer, the urge for me to snack is curtailed. Another idea is that one could try lowfat foods...instead of chips, try eating lowfat crackers, preferably one rich in vitamins and minerals. Instead of soda, try sports drinks (which have about half the calories of soda and can taste as good), low calorie drinks, or water. Of course, if the urge to overeat is that bad, these ideas are easier said than done. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on April 20, 2010, 12:09 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
20 Yeah, it's quite a connumdrum, Exploding Console, re how one should react to the morbidly obese. One the one hand taunting and dissing them for something they are [often painfully] aware of every moment of the day doesn't help matters but saying and doing nothing isn't effective either. Good point about how extreme overeating is often like alcohol or drugs to the morbidly obese. Unfortunately, unlike alcohol or drugs, everyone MUST keep consuming nourishment to survive so it's not as though one can ask someone to stop eating altogether . Then, too, as one gastric bypass operation survivor who then became addicted to illegal drugs put it, the surgery takes off the weight but it doesn't take away the underlying demons for the obesity. There are friends and family in my life who are slowly killing themselves this way and I wish I could think of a definitive answer as to how to help. I guess the best way is to show encouraging examples and to seek out less destructive means to deal with the underlying demons. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 20, 2010, 9:44 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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