Michael Hobbes tells us that “everything [we] know about obesity is wrong,” and he’s so very right. Fat is not a character failing, not a matter of willpower, not a conspiracy headed by Archer Daniels Midlands. It’s a public health issue tightly bound up with our fat-shaming culture.
Insurers fund bariatric surgery, but not nutritional counseling by our GPs. Farming subsidies go to corn and soybeans, often destined for CAFOs (feedlots) whence comes our cheap red meat, or production of HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), the number 1 fattening ingredient in processed food. All the while, what we really need is public policies that reduce the nutritional and lifestyle impact of poverty, and free up time for joyful activity – movement, play, and particularly parenting.
With half the country overweight or obese, we can’t afford to keep using shame as a policy tool. It’s time to tackle the problem effectively – which means humanely and above all respectfully.
Visit https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/everything-you-know-about-obesity-is-wrong/ to read Michael’s article in full.