The American Medical Association recently declared obesity to be a disease. I’m sure this will spark a firestorm of debate pro and con. But it occurs to me that if we’re to consider the disease aspect of obesity we should probably seek to understand it as an injury as well. Think of it…with nefarious food additives, hidden transfats and fake diet foods touting low fat but substituting sugar…or worse yet, high fructose corn syrup, one could make the case that obesity is a deliberately inflicted injury on a gullible and unsuspecting public.
Taking it a step further, as obesity victims (yup, that’s the new term I see coming down the pike) struggle on fad diet after diet pill after exercise craze, the reason so many either don’t lose the weight or don’t keep it off very long is that the root reasons are rarely addressed. For many, it’s not simply bad habits or lack of will power that lead to obesity, but quite often it’s rooted in emotions and poor nutrition. Traumatic events from childhood, divorce, loss and intensive stress can be huge issues fueling obesity. In order to really address the problem, a comprehensive approach is needed that incorporates emotional healing, behavioral changes and nutritional assessment and treatments.
On the plus side, by recognizing the seriousness of the problem, will insurance companies pony up for therapy, exercise programs and personal trainers? I hope so but it’s not likely. My fear with defining obesity as a disease is that it will lead to medical, ie. drug solutions as the most expedient and cost effective means for insurance companies to deal with the onslaught of new claims. Worse yet, with the government takeover of healthcare coupled with Michele Obama’s crusade against childhood obesity, will the government institute more coercive measure to combat this epidemic? Or will we wake up to the fact that something is desperately wrong with how America deals with food…and with the people eating it?
At The Raphael Remedy we’re happy to offer a team that can help you on all levels to meet your goals to live a healthier and happier life in true freedom. Using nutritional and emotional assessments we help you get to the root cause or causes of your weight issues and then with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit to set you free of the struggles that plague you. Success and better health are waiting for you just around the corner. Call today for a free consultation.
Allison is also the Founder and President of www.CatholicTherapists.com, a nationwide network of dedicated Catholic therapists.
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