Why is obesity more of a social issue than a medical one?

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  • With rising sedentary lifestyles, slimness correlates more with social status.
  • Obesity is often perceived as indicative of laziness and a lack of self-discipline.
  • Society criticizes those using medical intervention for weight loss, deeming it morally wrong.
  • Societal attitudes are biased against obese individuals in workplaces and academic settings.
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      Amit KumarAmit Kumar
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      Compared with individuals clinically defined as at a ‘healthy’ weight, those defined as obese report experiencing less care and compassion from health-care providers, encountering limitations in romantic partner choices, and facing barriers to accessing educational and career advancement opportunities. Women are vulnerable to such discrimination. For instance, heavier-weight daughters often receive less financial support for university from their parents compared to lighter-weight female students from families in similar financial circumstances. Additionally, there exists a prevalent sociocultural misconception that achieving and maintaining a thin physique should be attained through strenuous and morally commendable dietary control and exercise. Being overweight is commonly perceived as a manifestation of laziness and a lack of self-discipline, a belief that extends to the use of medical interventions for weight loss. More than half of the US study participants refrained from disclosing their undergoing bariatric surgery to individuals beyond their close family due to fear of judgment. By undergoing surgical intervention, they were perceived as lacking sufficient effort, discipline, or moral fortitude to ‘earn’ their weight loss. Despite shedding physical weight, they continued to endure the stigma of being labelled as lazy and undisciplined.
      https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-024-00329-9

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      Sebastian CampeanuSebastian Campeanu
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      Obesity is a clear sign that an individual lacks discipline and commitment in his/her life. Obesity isn’t a disease caused by an infection, for example, but it’s caused by pure laziness on the part of a person. Is walking 15 minutes per day so hard? Is drinking water instead of soda that difficult? Is eating 3 meals a day that hard and not snacking from dawn until midnight?
      No, it isn’t, but people have become extremely lazy and want everything in a pill instead of putting in the work.

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      pervinsurtipervinsurti
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      Laziness affects work and discipline.. Alertness and thus has a stringent attitude towards alertness… As an independent holistic healer working free subtly meditation.. I can say that the sensitive vibes spread far across polluting the atmosphere with laziness… And thus business gets adversely affected.. Thanku

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      Obesity is a social problem that not only individuals could focus on finding solutions but rather medicals would be involved at certain point in time to find solutions when Obesity consequences becomes a medical concern.

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