Obesity Prejudice in Medical Community
Is obesity prejudice in medical community a
real concern or is it paranoia on part of the obese patient?
Obesity regarding humans, refers to the condition of
when the natural energy reserve that is stored as fat tissue exceeds
the levels deemed normal for a specific height and weight. This is
when excess fat influences the health of people who are considered
obese. When a person carries extra body weight, they become more
susceptible to suffering from a variety of different diseases, such
as cardiovascular disease. It is suggested that obese individuals
should change their lifestyle and behavioral habits to counteract
negative effects on the body. This can be achieved through weight
loss with the help of medication, dieting and exercise. Sometimes
people resort to undergoing surgery in hopes of achieving their
ideal body weight.
There are many stereotypes that obese
individuals have to endure in today’s society. Many often associate
gluttony with an overweight or obese person, ignoring the fact that
sometimes individuals can be predisposed to gaining weight or suffer
from conditions that make it hard to lose weight. A “fat” person is
usually depicted in a variety of ways, ranging from comedic to
self-loathing. Popular culture adds fuel to the fire when they
encourage common, negative stereotypes. This can damage the
self-esteem of some people battling obesity and also lead to
discrimination based on how a person looks or weights.
Within the medical community, there are many
controversies that stem from the views of medical professionals.
There are many critics who wish to combat the medical view and
emphasis that a slender physique means that a person is
automatically healthy and that an obese person is automatically
unhealthy. They wish to point out that it is the amount of physical
activity that should identify a healthy body, stating that
regardless of body weight; physically active people are healthier
than those who lead a sedentary life.
Those who feel strongly about the subject of obesity,
claim that when the medical community refers to obesity as a
problem, they are sending a message filled with prejudice. Another
prejudice that overweight people face when going to the doctors is
the attitude that their weight is the cause of everything that is
wrong with them. Some say that this is not an actual proven fact and
it is wrong for a medical professional to automatically assume this
attitude when dealing with obese patients. Also, when a doctor tells
a person to lose weight so that they will obtain better health
results, it doesn’t nessesarily mean that this goal will solve all
of their problems.
There are many doctors who express a varied opinion
when dealing with the topic of obesity. Some doctors take the view
that it is the patient’s personal responsibility to lose to weight
without needing the medical help of others, while other doctors take
the stance that it should be a public interest case, where
regulations should be imposed on obese individuals in the same
manner that tobacco products received restrictions.
It has been a long journey in terms of recognizing
that obesity is a damaging problem. It wasn’t until July 16, 2004,
that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officially
recognized obesity as a disease. This means that now, Medicare in
the US will cover obesity-related health problems, allowing more
people to get surgeries and medications that can help treat their
problem. The catch with this decision is if the method proved not to
work, then the patient would not receive reimbursement.
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