I don't see the purpose in refusing to call it a disease ... although I understand that some people see getting a disease as something excusable I see disease as something with a treatment and possibly a cure. As phrelin pointed out ... some diseases are caught through poor choices. Some are with the person all along and are not discovered until symptoms are displayed or perhaps they are triggered by some other chemical in the body. I don't consider a disease an excuse. If someone dies of liver cancer and they were a heavy drinker they are not excused. If someone dies of lung cancer and they were a heavy smoker they are not excused. Perhaps others on this forum excuse those who make poor choices that lead to their deaths if some disease is involved. I don't. I am ticked that my relative died of obesity 23 years ago. I wish that she would have sought treatment and lived a much longer life. But way back then obesity was not treated the same way as it is now. Now that it is a disease I hope doctors and patents take it much more seriously and seek professional help. (And if anyone wants to make jokes about her death I hope they seek professional help.) Perhaps those afraid to recognize diseases for what they are (diseases) see a disease as a handicap that one can live with and exploit for special privileges and pity instead of a challenge to be fought against with the battle being won. The real courage comes from facing down a disease and doing all you can to win ... not letting the disease control you. When you see disease as something to be beaten you're less afraid of something being called a disease.