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Why Obesity should be Treated like a Health Issue, Not a Crime

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    Mick Mavenposted 7 years ago

    It has come to my attention that some people in this world have been treating the global health issue of obesity as if it were a capital crime. For example, some people sometimes don’t like to hang out or communicate with over-weight people because of their weight. We also falsely accuse them of being unhappy people because of their weight. In my perspective, this is all wrong. As much as I personally agree that obesity is one of the multiple problems that the world faces today and must be resolved, we mustn't forget that we must approach the issue with reasoning and understanding and not criticism or abuse. Here is my 4-Step list of how I think we should all approach the problem to someone who is obese:

    2. Bring up the issue to the person in a CALM and CASUAL manner.
    3. Sit down and talk REASONABLY with the person about the issue; tell him/her why eating heavily is a threat to his/her health.
    4. KINDLY give him/her advice on how to lose weight. For example, if you know any information about a health psychiatrist or an exercising facility, GIVE the info to him/her.

    I personally believe that these 4 simple steps will indeed help the person, whether it be male or female, young or old, lose the right amount of weight. And if or when that person does lose weight, not only will you have that peace of mind knowing that your friend has lowered his/her BAD cholesterol, but also knowing that his/her GOOD cholesterol has been raised. I think that if we all use these 4 simple steps toward someone who is obese, then that person will indeed take our advice and try to lose weight, because if we were to keep criticizing our obese neighbors, then those neighbors or family members won't respect us and they will just keep eating heavily. Remember, respect is EARNED, not demanded; that same rule applies to you, me, and everyone else around us. In order to help our fellow obese neighbors and family members, we MUST show them first that we love them. That way, we wouldn't have to treat obesity as if it were a capital crime, because quite frankly, it never has been a crime, and should never be.

    Thank You. God Bless.

    1. mythbuster profile image82
      mythbusterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I think this is a very complex issue/topic, Mick Maven. I'll check on your profile page in the next while to see if you develop this into a hub article.

  2. livelonger profile image94
    livelongerposted 7 years ago

    You should write this as a hub, not post it in the forums. smile

  3. Fitness4London profile image60
    Fitness4Londonposted 7 years ago

    You make a good point. Obesity is often as much a psychological problem as a physiological one, and it takes more sophisticated and subtle approaches to encourage and help someone to lose weight than just demonising them.

    In short, more carrot and less stick! Preferably raw carrots, as they take longer to munch, and lead to lower calorie intake. And carrots are full of fibre and micronutrients to boost health.

  4. Pearldiver profile image80
    Pearldiverposted 7 years ago

    Did You Notice that this person (the OP) hasn't been here for 2 weeks and has potentially rolled off the face of the earth hmm

    Don't hold your breath if you're waiting for his return.

  5. Joy56 profile image78
    Joy56posted 7 years ago

    this person made a very good point though.  Some people inherit a gene, that makes it almost impossible to ever be slim.  Dieting becames a life long process that never really works.  I am always amazed at how few people even try to help a person obviously struggling with their weight.  Nobody likes being over weight..... nobody, i will probably be corrected now.....

    1. Mrvoodoo profile image60
      Mrvoodooposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I have heard that this is so, however these genes never seem to be anywhere near as common amongst the populations of countries with less ready access to potato chips and cake.  smile

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      Home Girlposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      What gene?! it's a big excuse for our  indulgence. Throw this "genetically challenged" schmuck into a desert with enough water and crackers to sustain his miserable life and check his weight in a couple of weeks, not months!
      Well, and I already had my cup of tea and eclair for breakfast today, thank you.
      Indulgence, honey, indulgence, not genes, that's our problem.
      Taste is a matter of habit.
      But we s-o-o-o do not want to change our habits!
      Cake, and chocolates, and pizza and soda, and~~~~~~~

  6. optimus grimlock profile image60
    optimus grimlockposted 7 years ago

    You have to truely want to lose the wiegh in order for any plan to work. Some people need a health crisis with someone close before they wake up and see what their doing to theirselves!! I sucks cuz my younger bro is in this boat!!!

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      Home Girlposted 7 years agoin reply to this


  7. Disturbia profile image59
    Disturbiaposted 7 years ago

    According to the World Health Organization, for every four adults in the world who are malnourished five more are overweight, 30% clinically obese. A billion people out of the world's 6 billion population are now considered overweight, compared with 800 million who do not have enough to eat. The exploding rates of obesity contribute heavily to increased rates of many chronic diseases such as type-2 diabetes, hyper-tension, arteriosclerosis, cerebral hemorrhaging, and certain kinds of cancer.  We are in effect slowly killing ourselves with food.

  8. maintyu profile image49
    maintyuposted 7 years ago

    Yeah you are right. . .good tips! what's wrong dealing with obese people? My bestfiend is obese and I dont think there is something wrong with that. They just love to eat and I find it cute lol but I always assist him everytime we go out and dine. Help here when pessimistic sense occur. http://healthyflat.com/

  9. ftclick profile image54
    ftclickposted 7 years ago

    Yeah, some people do inherit the genes and are prone to quick weight gain which is unfortunate so diet and exercise are ineffective.