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.
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.
And others say calling obesity a disease strips people of personal responsibility and agency, which they need to deal with the problem.
Society loves to play the blame game and point fingers at the food manufacturers, restaurants, portion sizes, genetics and now the possibility of labelling obese people as disabled. This is ludicrous. People are literally dropping dead because of their weight, and we’re telling them that it’s OK, it’s a disability and you can’t fix the problem because you were meant to be this way. Millions of overweight people claim that their weight is not their fault. It is. You are the only one who can truly stop yourself from being obese.