KEEP IN MIND
A persistent stigma
is attached to obesity
View oversimplifies a complex, chronic condition
WRITTEN BY GREG HARRISILLUSTRATED BY MICHAEL BYERSMany people assume that those who are overweight have made poor choices that caused their condition.
Popular wisdom holds that the reasonpeople become very overweight ordevelop obesity is simple: they eattoo much and move too little.
The “calories in, calories out”equation, however, oversimplifiesa complex chronic health condition.
Even worse, it leads people to assumethat those who are overweight havemade poor choices that causedtheir obesity.
Such thinking opens the door
to stigma, which is the negative
stereotyping and social disapproval
that shames and isolates those living
“Typically in our society, we look atobesity as a character or behaviouralflaw,” says Dr. Mary Forhan. She’s anoccupational therapist and obesityresearcher with the Faculty of