Crazy Or Clever?

Sometimes I forget to tell you stuff. 
 
This is kinda old news but you still may not be aware of it.
 
Did you know obesity is now an actual disease in America?
 
The American Medical Association voted to classify it as a disease last year.
 
Overnight millions of Americans became officially “diseased”.
 
Is this a crazy or clever move? I don’t really know.
 
Basically they are saying being fat is the same as being sick. 
 
I’m not going to get into the pros and cons too much but you can safely say it has split people’s opinions.
 
People have come out and said it’s gonna be a licence for people NOT to diet and to take pills.
 
I personally don’t agree with it being classified as a disease but think something BIG needs to be done.
 
Something which includes the food producers and the supermarkets, but I’m a realist and that will never happen.
 
My cynical side sees a situation that was CAUSED by big companies (who profited at the sake of their customers health) and will now be SOLVED by these big companies too.  
 
They profit on both sides of the problem, and the masses suffer.
 
That’s the main point here in my eyes, is that the yanks have agreed to classify obesity as a disease so they can now TREAT IT WITH DRUGS. (and of course make a few quid, seeing as over 30% of their population are obese)
 
On a positive note many obese people have trouble accessing proper healthcare and their ailments are not taken seriously as they are deemed to be all weight related.
 
This will change.
 
Insurance companies in the states can now cover obesity because of this.
 
Will this ever happen in the UK? 
 
I think It will, as we follow the US quite closely in lots of things.
 
I have worked with lots of obese clients and also some “super size” people during my career, one guy who was nearly 50 stone.
 
The common theme in my experience was – psychological.
 
I think food addictions are as bad as alcohol or drug addictions, and that’s what it is – an ADDICTION.
 
If you HAVE TO EAT sweets, processed carbs, coke, pork scratching, chocolate EVERYDAY YOU ARE ADDICTED.  If you can’t stop, you’re addicted.

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Your genes, mental health, family and social environment all play a role in addiction. 
 
Risk factors that increase your vulnerability to addiction:
Family history of addiction
Abuse, neglect, or other traumatic experiences in childhood
Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety
Early abuse of bad foods in childhood
Exercise will not solve the problem but can help a bit.
 
The comedian Ricky Gervais didn’t agree that obesity was a worthy cause.
 
Check out what he had to say below ;-).  
 
It’s a bit “fattist” but coming from a self proclaimed fatty what can you say.
 
Take care,
 
Rich
 
PS – Here is the Ricky Gervais clip, it’s only 3 and a half minutes but well worth a watch if you like a laugh.
 

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