• What Obesity Got To Do With It? Turner Of The Mindset.

    by Edriss Estime, MD
    on Dec 11th, 2017

What Obesity Got To Do With It? Turner Of The Mindset.

We have often heard that obesity is a contributing factor to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, heart failure, cancer, gall bladder disease, gouty arthritis, etc.

I woud venture to assert that obesity is not the problem. Oops!!! This almost sounds like a heresy, doesn't it?

Saying obesity is a contributing factor to heart attacks is tantamount to saying that having a fever is a contributing factor to acquiring an infection. If this latter strikes you as absurd, then so does the former by intuitionistic logic. The chicken or the egg enigma simply does not apply here. An infection leads to a fever. It's really that simple.

Obesity is not a contributor to any problems. Problems contribute and lead to obesity. The reason why it is important to establish the difference is because it is important that each patient is treated according to his/her specific needs and problems. Obesity may be a symptom of many issues ranging from poor nutrition, lifestyle, psychological issues, social circumstances, economy, to mere genetics. Some people are, at times, just bigger than others and there's nothing to do except regular check-ups as for anyone else.

Consider the following: there are individuals who eat very poorly and are not obese, but still have the same health problems outlined above. There are individuals who eat very poorly who are not obese with none of the health problems outlined above. There are obese people who eat healthily and have no health problems. The permutations are numerous as you can see.

The trending perception of obesity has been sold to us and blindly internalized by many. It has become more of an image issue in some circle than what it really is.

So my point here is that obesity is not inherently and invariably the problem. It is, rather, potentially indicative of one or many underlying issues. It is therefore important to focus on the actual problems rather than the physical appearance of the individual.

Author Edriss Estime, MD Medical Director

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