Thursday, June 20, 2013

AMA Said: "Fat Is A Disease"

Have you heard this?

I heard this on a news radio station this morning: "The American Medical Association has made the decision to classify obesity as a disease."  Are you freaking kidding me?  I am considered overweight or obese.  I do not need a medical doctor telling me that it's a disease because that means that I now have a licence to go through food like an auger goes through dirt!

Let's look at this from a doctor's perspective, before I rip it a new butt orifice.

For people who have emotional or psychological issues related to eating, this is an excellent thing. It now gives doctors access to insurance-related resources like psychological or counselling help, to deal with the issue and not its symptom; the obesity.  There are also a few approved medications that can aid weight loss that are highly cost prohibitive; those might now be more accessible for people who sincerely wish to change.

Unfortunately, most people who do not have an underlying medical reason for weight gain, are overeating in some capacity: too much quantity, crappy quality of food, or too much snacking. This "disease" identification can actually "justify" overindulgence in the minds of many people.  Scam artists come in all shapes and sizes too!  What stops an obese person from claiming sick benefits because of his/her "ailment?"

I understand the reason why the AMA did it.  Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. and Canada is hot on the trail.  Basically, we eat too much and we do too little.  It's not rocket science.

Honestly, I do not need some doctor giving me some line about fat being a disease.  Fat is not a disease!  My children would be horrified if they heard me talking like this, but I have to call it for what it is and lying to someone else about being "plus size" or "voluptuous" is all well and good, but lying to myself is stupid.

I don't think that I'm ugly or unattractive: I speak well, carry myself well, and dress like I care about myself. There is nothing wrong if I simply want to look better. But that's "me."  I know a lot of overweight people do not feel the same way about themselves.  It's useless being unhappy with how you look, unless you at least try to change it.  Nobody is going to be happy about you for you.

Life is so painfully short.  Personally, I have wasted so much time worrying about what other people think, lamenting all of what I thought was not right with me or inadequate about me, and blah, blah, blah, it goes on and on. And it is pointless!  I gained NOTHING by thinking I was incapable and EVERYTHING by thinking that I can do more!

There are no words to express how much I resent a doctor telling me that I am NOT RESPONSIBLE for my health and fitness.  The hell I'm not!  Why are we all so laissez faire?  Why aren't we passionate about our lives and ourselves?  Why do we need a doctor to give us all an easy out?  I can think of nothing worth having that is easy.  A simple garden requires near DAILY tending.  That's not raising children, or keeping a life partner happy, or finding and maintaining a job.  That's just a garden.

So, I get why the AMA did it, but this idea was NOT well thought out.  I see numerous potential abuses and significantly less advantages.  I hope this disease recommendation comes with some serious addendums so that insurance companies don't start judging the validity of disease identifications and picking and choosing what they will and will not cover to a greater extent than they already do.  That serves no one.  Fat doesn't need a stamp of approval, or a blanket band-aid, it needs a comprehensive, multi level approach dealing with all the factors contributing to it on an individual basis.  And only for those people who actually want the help.