The Insane Idea That Addiction & Obesity Are Diseases

Updated: Apr 1, 2020

โฃ Conventional views place both addiction and obesity as diseases. โฃ โฃ We understand the importance of medical classification of these developmental disorders/conditions. In order for people to get help we must play the ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ด game and have something to code. โฃ โฃ But obesity, like addiction, is not a disease โ€” but rather a pathological over-learning of behaviors. A disease would need to be a state where the brain could not return to normal functioning with avoidance of the behaviors. Which we have proven time and time again that neuroplacticity is possible, and ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด.โฃ โฃ In both circumstances, a person is merely engaging in maladaptive behaviors. Using substances and eating food elicit changes in brain chemistry no different from falling in love, having sex, or accomplishing a goal. โฃ โฃ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐›๐ข๐ญ ๐œ๐ข๐ซ๐œ๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ. โฃ โฃ Classifications of addictions and obesity as a disease state does nothing but ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ป๐˜ฆ and ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ป๐˜ฆ the person.โฃ โฃ Calling addictions and obesity a disease has plagued the medical system and has roots in the fundamental misunderstanding of learning disorders. We are never going to make progress in helping these individuals overcome their faulty coping methods by labeling their behaviors as a disease. โฃ โฃ ๐—ช๐ก๐ฒ? โฃ โฃ Because labels encourage a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset often prevents individuals from developing new skills and ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ in general, which sabotages health and happiness. โฃ โฃ While labeling these disorders as diseases is done with good intentions, it is only harming the patients long term success. โฃ โฃ The Biology of Desire & Unbroken Brain are excellent books on this topic:โฃ โฃโฃ โฃโฃ

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