October 2, 2015
"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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