Weight Loss Articles – STOP blaming the victim for Obesity
The United States leads the world in many areas; unfortunately, obesity is one of them. Overweight children and adults are stereotyped as lazy, unmotivated and lacking in self-discipline. In other words, overweight people are often blamed for their condition!
This is according to Dr Suzanne B. Johnson, president of the American Psychology Association, stigmatizing people in this way is counterproductive.
There is no evidence that it motivates people to make healthier choices and in fact may have the opposite effect, increasing stress and unhealthy eating! Further, by blaming the individual, the real culprit behind the obesity epidemic—an obesogenic environment—can be ignored.
The obesity epidemic is not the result of an increase in laziness and a decrease in motivation and self-discipline in U.S. adults and children. The food industry and the environment we live in along with the metabolic and nutritional factors such as insulin resistance, micro-nutrient deficiencies, stress, medications and lack of proper sleep play a central role!
Obesity Is a medical condition
The World Health Organization(WHO) recognized obesity as a medical condition since 1979 and physicians should play an active role in the treatment and prevention of Obesity.
Unfortunately, most doctors have nothing to offer to their obese or overweight patients other than simply say “Lose Weight!” This does not offer anything concrete, “blames and shames the victim” and is not at all useful to patients, according to Dr Prab Tumpati MD, Founder of W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America.
Studies have shown that up to 94% of the physicians get little to no education in Nutrition, thus contributing to our health care system’s inability to help their patients lose weight successfully, according to Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, a leading weight loss physician and founder of W8MD medical weight loss centers of America.
More than half of Americans (55%) say they are trying to drop some weight, up significantly from 43% in 2011, according to a recent survey conducted for the International Food Information Council Foundation.
But while the concern about obesity may have hit the national consciousness, it hasn’t really shown up on the bathroom scale for most Americans yet. “If you go with the flow in America today, you will end up overweight or obese, as two-thirds of all adults do,” says Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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