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Ok, I'm not an expert, but is there any other way to get obese other than overeating? HelpJazz 23:11, 22 February 2008 (EST)

If your thyroid gland is damaged or not functioning properly, you will gain weight even if you eat your normal set of calories. You will also become lethargic and depressed. Let me see if I can't find some more for you. :) FlightlessOstrich 15:11, 15 March 2008 (EDT)

I would argue that obesity is not an illness but a condition. There are no (well, okay, very few) "obesity" bugs flying around. You're not going to become obese by picking up some strange foreign infection. There are no "obesity vaccinations." FlightlessOstrich 15:12, 15 March 2008 (EDT)

World wide problem

The author trying to make "conservative" hit points has a valid comment here about liberal views of World Wide Hunger, but this statement was saying liberals were denying obesity is a problem in the west. I've cut it for now, and pasted it here. I'm going to look for a "world wide food shortage" page, to add this important "c&p" to. Cause it's a valid point, just not on the page on obesity. If anyone has a better suggestion on where to put this, let me know, thanks.--JeanJacques 12:29, 29 October 2008 (EDT) "Liberals, however, deny this by saying hunger is a bigger problem among the poor.[1]" 12:27, 29 October 2008 (EDT)

I (perhaps) agree that the sentence should be part of a much larger article on liberal denial regarding obesity vs. hunger. But until we have such an article and can link to it from this one, I think it's important for the line to remain, so that it will still be seen in the mainspace (rather than on the talk). I'm looking forward to your article. -Foxtrot 12:45, 29 October 2008 (EDT)
Can't obesity and hunger both be problems? I've never heard of a liberal saying that the existence of hunger means that obesity isn't a problem. Do you have any quotations or evidence on this? (Editing further) Referencing an unreferenced claim elsewhere on this webpage doesn't make for a good citation. Corry 12:50, 29 October 2008 (EDT)
That's my problem. as worded, the negation is that "liberals do not believe obesity is a problem because there is hunger in the world". this conflates two different issues. 1) There is a huge obesity problem in the world, and in the US. 2) Many people are hungry and starving, even in the US. To say on the page of obesity that "liberals deny this", is saying liberals deny that obesity exists. they don't, as they are one of the drum bangers over governments stepping in to regulate foods.--JeanJacques 13:14, 29 October 2008 (EDT)


  1. liberal denial, Item 3 in general denials