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Obesity Bias

Do Doctors Really Discriminate Against The Overweight?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Obesity bias needs to be fixed. We are most likely to fix it when standing on a solid bedrock of understanding it at its origins. We can then replace the crude and obsolete survival-related imperatives bestowed to us in our genes, with the better angels of our nature.

Weightism: The Real Reason We Are Failing at Weight Loss

Kelly Dorfman | Posted 12.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Kelly Dorfman

The conversation I would like to have about obesity is about acceptance and being kind to each other. By all means, make a commitment to better health by attaining your ideal weight if you can, but leave the self- and other-loathing at the refrigerator door.

Why I Can't Quite Be Okay With 'Okay at Any Size'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

So "okay at any size" seems to be gathering pop culture momentum. And I regret to say, I can't be entirely okay with that. It's not the size I'm not okay with -- it's the consequences.

The Last Acceptable Prejudice in America

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 12.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

Prejudice against the obese is the last "acceptable" prejudice in America. The overweight are treated differently. They're looked at differently. They're stared at, sneered at, and discriminated against.

Nike's Notion of Greatness, and the Road Not Taken

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.14.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Weight does not measure human worth. It is not an indicator of character. Bathroom scales are not designed to weigh merit. The boy in the Nike ad may well be full to the brim with greatness -- but none of it has anything to do with running.

Losing Weight, Hate and Obesity Bias

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 07.30.2012 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

We need to stop blaming, hating and discriminating against obese people, but equally important, we need to use what we know to solve obesity and the obesity epidemic. That is the real solution to the evil of obesity bias.

The Evil Gender Bias of Obesity and Weight Gain

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 07.21.2012 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

The obesity bias is far nastier for women than men -- overwhelmingly so. It is insidious and needs to be pointed out and stopped.

Weight Loss and the Solution to the Obesity Epidemic

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 07.16.2012 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

To solve the obesity epidemic, the most important thing you can do is to solve your own weight problem for your own reasons.

Is Obesity Bias Evolutionary?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2011 | Home
David Katz, M.D.

Obesity bias is, indeed, rampant, and well-documented. But in all of the literature on the topic that I have seen, one important element is only rarely addressed. Seldom does anyone ask: why?