Many disease variations have already emerged as important issues, including penicillin-resistant staph infections, new viral strains, and the reemergence of tuberculosis. Perhaps the most far-reaching problem in healthcare today, however, is the obesity epidemic. Despite the fact that study after study shows that overweight and obese people are more likely to have diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, restaurants continue to supersize meal portions and Americans continue to snack on high-calorie foods as they watch TV or engage in other sedentary activities.
Analyze the obesity epidemic in the US using the concepts of wellness and illness (Tong, pages 70 – 75).
Once you’ve reviewed the reading, answer the following:
Is obesity an illness or a disease? Why?
What is the difference between curing and healing? Which concept should the healthcare system rely on more, when addressing issues of obesity in the US?
How can the healthcare system in the US use the five dimensions of illness to effectively address the obesity epidemic? Or, is one dimension more legitimate than the others?
Resources/Text: Tong, R. (2007), New Perspectives In Healthcare Ethics: An Interdisciplinary and Crosscultural Approach. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
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