I need help understanding this issue. There are a few questions I have specifically, but in general I would like to understand why people have sympathy for the obese.
"Inadequate insurance coverage limits access to treatment [of obesity]."
Isn't the "cure" to obesity not eating as much? Doesn't this involve saving money, rather than spending it? Why is an investment needed for treatment?
"The tendency toward obesity is fostered by our environment: lack of physical activity combined with high-calorie, low-cost foods."
This seems to imply that obesity is caused people's choices to eat poor foods and not excersize. How is obesity more disease-like than an infected tatoo? Aren't negative consequences of negative behaviors simply the Darwin way we all know and love?
"Persons with obesity are victims of employment and other discrimination, and are penalized for their condition despite many federal and state laws and policies."
Isn't this a good thing? I mean, I don't want anyone to be forced to hire ugly people for their glam magazine. I don't want anyone to be forced to hire someone so fat that they make the hotel patrons gag right at the reception desk. If I were on an airplane, you're damn right I'm going to demand that the fat-ass buy an extra seat so I don't have to sit under his/her jelly-rolls in coach. What exactly do obese people want from the responsible people?
Here's a 2005 Bill giving a beaurocracy authority to spend money on obesity prevention. Hmmm... it's seems like they recommend information as a solution to obesity. Is obesity a nice word for "fat because of idiocy"? Last time I remember disease solutions came in the form of medicine. It's not like we should acknowledge the "too stupid to save up for retirement" disease just because it's sad.
"Being obese and being overweight are not the same condition. A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese and a BMI between 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight."
How is someone with a BMI of 29.9 not considered obese? What, other than BMI alone, makes a person with a 29.9 BMI less DISEASED than someone of a 30 BMI? Quite frankly, I've met cage fighters with 30+ BMI that are healthier than fat drug users under 30 BMI, so how am I going to convince these people that they have a serious disease which needs to be addressed and solved by the collective public?