There are real, common diseases and medications out there that cause obesity. Thyroid disease and certain anti-depressants are some examples. I was on a medicine, I will not name it here, that caused me to gain 30 lbs in 4 months no kidding. Since I went off of it, I have lost 20 of those pounds in 2.5 years. Yeah, it can be caused by a person being a lazy pig, but don't just assume because someone is overweight it is their fault. Alcoholism on the other hand, that's a personal choice. My husband's family is full of alcoholics, therefore he does not keep alcohol in the house other than our wine collection which we occasionally drink a glass with dinner, and the occasional beer with friends. He has NEVER had an alcohol problem, but this is because he already considers himself at high risk for alcoholism and he controls it.
at 3:49 AM on Apr. 9, 2009