Posts Tagged ‘obesity as a disease’

American Heart Decides Obesity Isn’t a Behavior

July 25, 2022 — “We’ve been working at this for so many years and nothing has changed!” These words came from a frustrated advocate for reforming obesity policy and care at a recent strategic planning meeting. He had a point. Progress is maddeningly slow on obesity. But major changes are happening – even if they aren’t obvious at a […]

Obesity and Stigma: The War Inside Your Head

September 30, 2021 — The “War on Obesity” has claimed many victims, but made little progress against the disease itself. This  approach to obesity has done a fine job of setting up a war inside our own heads – self-stigma. “Weight stigma is widespread, damaging and difficult to eradicate,” writes Rebecca Puhl in the Washington Post. In fact, the […]

Enduring Arguments About “Medicalizing” Obesity

July 26, 2021 — It’s been eight years since the American Medical Association resolved that obesity is a complex, chronic disease. But still, the argument endures. For different reasons, some people continue to resist what they see as medicalizing obesity. So with the closing session of the YWM2021 convention, it was quite interesting to hear a discussion from two […]

Dealing with Health, Erasing Stigma and Bias

July 10, 2019 — Regarding obesity as a disease is associated with lower weight bias among physicians. That’s the title of a new study in Stigma and Health. Before now, researchers have had experimental evidence. They’ve shown that positioning obesity as a disease could reduce weight stigma and bias. Now, in addition, this new study gives us real world […]

Deal with It: Obesity Is a Disease

January 7, 2019 — Euphemisms. We hear them in when people talk about their health. My sugar is a little high. I’d like to lose a few pounds, but it’s not a big deal. I just need to watch what I’m eating. Fine. But there comes a time when you can’t fake it anymore. The Royal College of Physicians in London […]

Understanding Obesity: The Glass Is 64% Full

October 20, 2018 — Medscape tells us that 64 percent of physicians believe obesity is a disease. For nurses, the number is a bit smaller – 54%. But believe it or not, this looks like progress to us. More healthcare professionals are coming around. More of them are finally understanding obesity as a disease. Shifting Opinions Five years ago, […]

Suddenly Taking the Disease of Addiction Seriously

October 7, 2018 — Just a few years ago, the debate was still going strong. “This is not a disease. People have the capacity to take control of their lives. It’s a disorder of choice.” Sound familiar? In 2010, Harvard’s Gene Heyman made these arguments against dealing with addiction as a disease in a popular book from the Harvard […]

The Fear of Medicalizing Obesity

August 23, 2016 — The fear of “medicalizing obesity” repeatedly surfaces in writing about obesity and never fails to impress. It surfaces in discussions with health plans worried about about “opening the floodgates” to evidence-based access to care for obesity. It surfaces even in scholarly publications. The latest example is a remarkably naive publication in health: an interdisciplinary journal. In a […]

Five Stages of Accepting Obesity as a Disease

July 24, 2013 — More than a month has passed since the AMA decision accepting obesity as a disease, and the media is still full of reports on the subject. Folks seem to be going through a grieving process as they let go of beliefs about obesity that must have given them comfort. Every stage of the classic grief […]