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Should obesity be treated as a disease? Show more Show less

Obesity affects more than 1/3 of America and is the leading cause of heart problems and heart-related deaths. In today's day and age, it is often normalized and praised. But should it be considered a disease?

Obesity is not a disease Show more Show less

Obesity can be caused by unavoidable outside forces and is therefore not a disease.
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Obesity can be caused by injury or medicine

A disease is not something that can be caused by external factors.
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Context

The Argument

A disease is something like cancer, heart disease, or dementia. There are medical long-term illnesses caused by pathogens or genetic disorders. Obesity is most often caused by a lack of motivation and unhealthy food. Something caused by factors like that cannot be a disease. What if someone is obese because they are paralyzed and cannot exercise? Or if someone is taking medicine that causes weight gain? These are not things that are considered the beginning of a disease.

Counter arguments

Diseases like cancer can be caused by outside elements (e.g. carcinogens). Just because obesity is caused by things like diet and exercise doesn't mean it cannot be classified as a disease.

Framing

Premises

[P1] A disease is not something that can be caused by external factors like injury or diet.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] If cancer can be caused by outside forces such as carcinogens, then obesity can be classified as a disease.

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