Obesity And Its Effects On Society Essay

1794 Words Nov 16th, 2014 8 Pages
Often there is more to many situations then what can be seen even ones as cut and dry as weight. A major trending topic is obesity with many people split on two different sides of the topic. One side claims obesity is completely due to a lack of will-power, and people just need to put down the fork, eat healthier, and exercise, while the other side claims it is a disease or a medical condition and should be treated as such. In some way, both camps are right, but there is more to eating then just hunger and satiety. The brain has a powerful role in the need to eat and feel full, and there are several theories that suggest that defects, rather than just a lack of will power, in the system that controls how a person feels before, during and after eating may have a major role in some cases of obesity. Why obesity is so important to people who are not obese is due to the impact on society especially medical resources. Of course, there is the impact on individual’s health, but also the added stress on the health care system due to the cost of obesity. There are over sixty chronic medical conditions associated with obesity some of which are, the added weight damages joints resulting in arthritis, increase chance of stroke, gall bladder disease, heart disease, diabetes, higher risk of certain cancers, hypertension, sleep apnea, infertility, and high cholesterol affects obese individuals forty percent more than a person of average weight (The Health Affects…2013). All of this adds…

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