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2: Did you know that 300,000 people die each year from obesity? (Bettelhiem) "Obesity is not only a biomedical problem it is also a community and environmental problem". (Geenblatt) In addition 1/3 of children and 2/3 adult are obese.Obesity should be considered a disease because it kills a large amount of people in America and studies have shown that it is a chronic disease.

4: Consider that Obesity is caused from all the fast food restaurants, and lack of health food and exercise. | REASON 1: IT KILLS A LARGE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE IN AMERICA. | Obesity has tripled among children since the mid-1970, rising from 5% up to 17%. (Mantel).

5: Nutrition professors who once dismissed as hyperbole the idea a 100% overweight American by 2030, now there not so sure that it will be that late (Greenblatt) | Obesity is more than one problem it can be a health and a social problem and cause low self esteem

6: Reason 2: Studies have shown that obesity is a chronic disease | Obesity is a related disease ranging from heart diseases and strokes to arthritis and breathing problems (Greenblatt) | Obesity could be considered a disease because it is caused by biological factors

7: If you classify obesity a disease it would allow obesity treatment to be covered by insurance policies (Findlay) | Obesity can be considered a disease because you have the same risk factors as diabetes .

8: Obesity is first and for most a medical issue. It has strong emotions and societal consequences as well. (Bettelheim) | Today you see more obese people than you see underweight | Obesity is the fastest_growing cause of illness and death in the U.S (Greenblatt) | VIEW POINTS

9: From my point of view the 300,000 people that die each year from obesity needs to be decreased. If everyone considers obesity a disease it would be helpful to the decreasing of deaths and of obesity. Also it can hasten response to fighting it and lowering the percentage of obesity. (Findlay) Obesity should be considered a disease because it would no longer be one of the top health problems. Last because it will be beneficial to having a healthier community. | CONCLUSION


11: Bettelheim, Adriel. “Obesity and health”. CQ Researcher. 15 Jan. 1999: 25-48.Web 19 May ,2011 Findlay, Steven. “Obesity is a disease”. Obesity. Ed. Sandra Alters. Detroit: Christine Nasso, 2006. 29-33. Print Greenblatt, Alan. “Obesity Epidemic.” CQ Researcher. 31 Jan. 2003: 73-104. Web. 19 May 2011 “North American Association for the Study of Obesity.” Gale Opposing Viewpoints in context. Detroit. Gale, 2008 Opposing Viewpoint in context. Web.20 May 2011. Mantel, Barbara, “Preventing Obesity”. CQ Researcher. 1 Oct. 2011:797-820. Web 20 May 2011

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