Is obesity going to be blamed on mental illness?

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  1. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 7 years ago

    Is obesity going to be blamed on mental illness?

    we seem to have a need to use mental illness as reasoning for so many things like drug addiction and such, will obesity be blamed for the same thing?

  2. howcurecancer profile image61
    howcurecancerposted 7 years ago

    Some cases, I think, yes. It could be....

  3. Yuki92 profile image79
    Yuki92posted 7 years ago

    That's a very broad question. Obesity can be caused by so many factors in a humans life. Depression can lead to over-eating as well.

    This almost feels like a nurture vs nature question. I believe more in nurture and that our surroundings ultimately define most: who we will be later on. 

    Especially habits like eating, you can't exactly be born with a eating disorder of any kind, this usually develops later on in life through the wonderful work of society.

  4. schoolgirlforreal profile image80
    schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years ago

    I agree that too many people are being diagnosed but with the incredible stress and need to label today.........

    In some cases, yes...medications do cause weightgain.....though it can help to diet and exericise of course.....just that the medicines make it almost impossible to lose in many cases or so it seems.

    As with anorexia being a mental illness, well I suppose it people are eating for emotional issues.........

    But mainly I'd say no. It's McDonalds, it's the way we eat, watch Food INc.  Other countries I've heard don't have the weight issue like the US. And our sedentary's all making it harder to stay in shape sadly.

  5. BlissfulWriter profile image72
    BlissfulWriterposted 7 years ago

    I blame obesity on the high sugar contents of our processed and packaged foods.  It is more of a metabolic disorder caused by sugar rather than "over-eating" or "being lazy".   It is a physical condition similar to insulin resistance and diabetes.

    For more info, see the New York Times article and watch Dr. Lustig's video in this Hub:

    So the answer is no, obesity is not to be blamed on mental illness nor on the individual.

  6. profile image0
    JadedLoveposted 7 years ago

    obesity is blamed on everything but putting down the fork. you know it, and i know it. i was a fat girl when i was young, and it was because i ate tons of food. Now, i dont really have that appetite i used to have and im a steady 118-122 pounds. See? i stopped eating whole bags of cheetos, and looka me now!

  7. ii3rittles profile image80
    ii3rittlesposted 7 years ago

    Doctors make up new diseases and illnesses every day. They first make the pills for them. Think about that one...

    As far as obesity goes, some people don't have self-control and THEY are to blame for this. Others go through a stressful time in there life and learn to eat food as an escape like alcoholics drink away their problems. This happens at a young age for any kind of addiction. Food itself is to blame, but when it comes down to it, if your eating the wrong foods, you WILL get FAT, you WILL be DEPRESSED and you WILL have HEALTH ISSUES.

    So no, i don't blame it on a mental illness. A good portion of everyone else probably will.

  8. tsmog profile image81
    tsmogposted 7 years ago

    maybe obese persons, but I don't think obesity can be blamed on mental health. Weight gain "can" be an indicator or mental health and its opposite weight loss. They alone can not and are  not the sole diagnostic indicator of a mental health issue, in my view.


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