This is not a bash fat people thread
I am sitting in my nutrition class today and my nutrition teacher calls obesity a disease and says scientists have found an obesity gene. At first I didn't really pay attention but on my way home from class and I started to dwell on it and it just didn't sit right with me.
To me calling it a disease is saying that a persons actions play no part in it. It takes personal responsibility away and justifies it to a person. I would agree that it is a lifestyle or an addiction but not a disease. Also, this gene my teacher was talking about was a gene that regulates leptin in the hypothalmus. Leptin does play a part in weight mamagement but how do you call a gene that regulates a certain hormone or body function an obesity gene? I feel that environmental factors play way more of a role than genes in obesity.
Am I way off base here? I can take critisism if I am wrong. It is important to me because I plan on going in to the medical field and I would like to hear others point of view.