Calling Obesity A Disease Dooms Dieters

We are walking a psychological tight rope here. Public support for combating obesity depends in part on helping people understand that obesity is not simply the result of lazy behavior, but is also influenced by a range of social and even physiological forces beyond people’s complete control. Reduction of stigma also depends on helping people understand that obesity is not simply a lifestyle choice.

But the better we succeed in convincing people that obesity is a disease, the less motivated obese people will be to fight back against these social and physiologic forces.

via Calling Obesity A Disease Dooms Dieters.

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