It’s More Complex Than Just “Eating Too Much”

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Medical science recognises obesity as a condition that leads to other diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and joint disease. But it isn’t always someone’s fault – it can be caused by genetics. And no one should be stigmatised or discriminated against based on their weight.

Obesity is not a choice — it’s a complex health condition that is difficult to treat. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), obesity statistics have doubled since 1980. WH investigates this complicated health condition and how it can be prevented.

Understanding the condition

Worldobesityday.org, a coalition of global obesity organisations, explains that those with the condition are constantly shamed and blamed for their disease. Why? Simply because people don’t understand that it’s a chronic disease. They see it…

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