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i wanted to know is being very obese due to dercums disease considered a handicap?

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Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 33 years experience
Seebelow: Adiposis dolorosa, also known as Dercum's disease, is a rare condition characterized by generalized obesity and fatty tumors in the adipose tissue. The tumors are normally painful and found in multiples on the extremities. the cause and mechanism of Dercum disease remains unknown.You will need a full evaluation by your MDAnd others to determine disability.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

I'm not sure, but should obesity be treated as a handicap?

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Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 33 years experience
See below: At a certain weight , yes I do think it is a handicap.I have a man who is 703lbs..He has lost down to 619 in 4 months he still has problems moving...He will be in our clinic for awhile but he is improving.I am sure some will disagree with me. Immobility is his disability
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Is being obese a disability?

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Obesity: Obesity indicates • Poor Dietary habits with lack of discipline • Lack of Exercise • Poor coping with stresses in life It is Not what you eat, IT IS what is eating you! Being obese is not a Disability Obesity can lead to • Diabetes • Heart disease • High Blood Pressure Complications of these diseases can cause Disability

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