How Much Is Our Weight Really In Our Control?

Malaysian Digest - Earlier this month a video titled “Dear Fat People” went viral for all the wrong reasons. The video starred a kind-of-famous-on-YouTube comedian named Nicole Arbour, who decided to use her platform to address the millions of people who are not as skinny as she is. She wanted to let overweight people know just how disgusting she thinks they are.

"People mistakenly think that obesity is a behavior," Nikhil V. Dhurandhar, chair of the department of nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University and president of The Obesity Society, told me over the phone. In fact, he said, it's a "serious and complex disease." This thinking leads people to adopt a "you brought this on yourself" mentality, he said, which is not helpful or fair. "You don't choose obesity. It's like diabetes. It's not really under your control."

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