Walk in Our Shoes

It's very easy to belittle someone or a group of "someones" when you have not "been there, done that."

It’s very easy to belittle someone or a group of “someones” when you have not “been there, done that.”

I would like to take a moment today and respond to a recent New York Times article, titled “Our Absurd Fear of Fat,” written by Paul Campos. Earlier this week, a meta-analysis (combination of several studies) was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The analysis reviewed data from epidemiological studies to determine the connection between body mass index and mortality. As a result, the meta-analysis determined that individuals affected by excess weight (overweight) or obesity have a lower mortality rate than individuals classified as “normal” weight.

Mr. Campos takes an all too often short-sighted approach when discussing this analysis and only furthers the bias and stigma facing the millions of Americans affected by the disease of obesity. Furthermore, Mr. Campos is twisting the study by ignoring a major finding: Obesity at all levels increases the risk of death. Obesity carries with it a host of related disease greatly impacting an individual’s quality of life and health, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, GERD, some cancers, and much more. Make no mistake about it; if you’ve ever battled obesity, you know first-hand the lack of understanding of society when it comes to this disease. In fact, this can be clearly illustrated in the severe lack of safe and effective treatment options for the disease of obesity we contended with until very recently.

The full blog post is on the OAC blog: http://www.obesityaction.org/walk-in-our-shoes, please check it out and post your comments either here or on the OAC blog post.


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