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Is obesity a disease?

By Ivan Zambrano
I chose my topic because..
Hello, my name is Ivan Zambrano.
It is important to understand how people become obese
Obesity has always been a worldwide issue that we have a lot
of problems dealing with
Help people understand the importance of eating better and
how to make a change
This is effecting people physically and emotionally
My Initial Point of View
I believe obesity is a disease and people should open their eyes
Obesity is only continuing to grow, especially in the United
Obesity can spread like wild fire from the generations in the
According to Dr. Patrice Harris, a member of the associations
board, Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the
way the medical community tackles this complex issue that
affects approximately one in three Americans.

What is obesity?
The condition of being grossly fat or overweight
Medical condition in which excess body fat has
accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative
effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or
increased health problems
My Assumptions
Obesity occurs when people do not engage in exercise
Non-healthy foods are always going to be cheaper than healthy
There are many risks in health issues for being ranked as
People stop caring what they look like because they feel they
can not do anything to make a change
Over 26% of Americans do not get enough exercise
The number of overweight and obese Americans has increased
since 1960
Today, 66.3 percent of adult Americans (about 200 million) are
categorized as being overweight or obese
Since 1960, adult Americans have increased average heights
by 1 inch and average weight by 25 pounds
In 1963 a ten year old boy weighed, on average, 74.2 pounds
Now the average boy weighs 85 pounds.
Issue: Should obesity lead to creating health problems and
become a disease?
Reason: Women who gain 20 pounds or more between age 20
and midlife double their risk of postmenopausal breast cancer.
For every 2 pound weight increase, the risk of developing
arthritis rises 9-13%.
Evidence: According to National Health and Nutrition,
Obesity is a preventable risk factor for other diseases and
conditions, and is not a disease itself.
Conclusion: Obesity is caused by many reasons for example,
hypothyroidism, Cushing's syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome,
polycystic ovary syndrome, arthritis, and depression.

Issue: How is obesity good or okay?
Reason: People who have obesity have to wear their disease
on the outside.
Evidence: According to Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, Director of
the National Center for Weight and Wellsness and Preventative
Medicine Physician at Johns Hopkins University, stated
obesity "satisfies all the definitions and criteria of what a
disease and medical condition is... The one difference is that
people who have obesity have to wear their disease on the
Conclusion: Obesity is common all around today and people
are aware of it.
Different Points of View
Trying to lose weight can be unhealthy
It can cause an unbalanced diet
Easier to blame other people for our own obesity issues

What is the best counter argument
and why dont I think it is as strong?
It is up to people to make the right choices for themselves
Accepting responsibility for your own choices
Obesity experts are funded by weight loss companies
This argument is not as strong because evidence shows
that obesity is unhealthy

How Reliable is my Source of
The main source I used was credible because
he was well educated and provided his own
personal experience in the research topic
Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, Director of the National Center for Weight
and Wellness and Preventative Medicine Physician at Johns Hopkins
He is a physician trained in both clinical medicine and public
He works as a public health physician specializing in nutrition
and obesity policy
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
What is my..
Obesity must be
controlled now
before more people
do become obese
This will cause more
people to be effected
by health risks
Address the
individuals that
struggle with obesity

Encourage companies to make healthier food
Healthy foods shouldnt be more expensive than fatty foods