Every day we face a barrage ofopposing messages. None hasmore contrast than our weight.
Modern media is filled withstick-thin bodies. In real life, moreand more of us around the worldare overweight or have obesity. Andif we are, we're blamed and judgedfor it.
Weight and obesity, however, arenot individual issues and they areoften blameless. They are system issuesoutside the grasp of personal controland influence. Dozens of things affectour shape and weight, from our basicbiology to our ability to cope withtrauma and stress. Ask anyone tryingto better manage their weight: it’stough and takes endless attention.
This edition of Apple looks at the
stigma, risks and challenges of weight
and obesity. We want to give you a
deeper understanding of this health
issue—its causes go far beyond over-
eating and inactivity. And finding
solutions to obesity means challenging
biases, mobilizing communities and
helping people to make lifelong
changes for better health.
Weight and obesity are complicated.We'd like to thank the many peoplewho have helped bring clarity to ourstories and pictures, from our editorialcouncil, writers, photographers andillustrators to the many healthcareproviders and researchers who sharedtheir expertise. A special thanks goesto Dr. Arya Sharma, whose voice isheard in several stories.
Together, they’re helping ourprovince reshape how we look atand respond to weight and obesity. |a
Petra O'Connell, Senior ProvincialDirector, Diabetes, Obesity & NutritionStrategic Clinical Network
WRITTEN BY PETRA O'CONNELL