Imagine a disease as big a health hazard as smoking, as deadly as opioid addiction, and that worsens over 230 chronic diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.
Shouldn’t this disease get serious attention from healthcare professionals and shouldn’t people with this disease get timely effective treatment? Obviously yes if the disease is cancer or a stroke. But this is not true for obesity.
Why? Because most of the public believes that obesity results from a lack of willpower and too many healthcare professionals act in discriminatory ways based on people’s size. The consequence is that only 10 percent of people with obesity get help from medical professionals and too many who go untreated pay the price in joint problems, trouble sleeping, breathing issues, and many other serious health problems.