Why we shouldn't designate obesity as a disease

Some obesity researchers, including good friends and respected colleagues, are lobbying for obesity to be designated as a  disease.

If this occurs, lack of physical fitness, inadequate sleep and stress would each require a similar classification.

Obesity has long been seen as a risk factor for certain chronic diseases.1 Even so, it might be what causes obesity (diet, inactivity, stress etc) rather than obesity per se, that are the true risk factors — or more correctly, immediate determinants — of disease.2

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