Is obesity a disease or a lifestyle choice? | The Tylt
Is obesity a disease or a lifestyle choice?
Scott Kahan, Medical Director at the STOP Obesity Alliance and Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness, argues that many diseases are lifestyle-related, but unlike heart disease or diabetes, overweight people are shamed and blamed.
Many physicians and health researchers argue that treating obesity as a personal failing is both medically inaccurate and getting us nowhere.
Enough with the judgments. Not everyone in America has control over their lifestyle; access to healthy food, exercise, and information around nutrition has become a privilege. Stigmatizing obesity as a personal failing only compounds the problem.