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Bioethicist Daniel Callahan said people should be made to feel ashamed of being obese. “People don’t realize that they are obese or if they do realize it, it’s not enough to stir them to do anything about it". He kicked his cigarette habit due to shame, so is applying the same psychology to obesity.
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60% of the calories Americans consume come from '"ultra-processed foods”, according to the British Medical Journal (2016).
For half a century, doctors and researchers have known two things that could have improved, or saved, millions of lives:
Doctors have shorter appointments with fat patients and have been reported to show less emotional rapport during the interaction.
Diet is the leading cause of death in the US, responsible for more than five times the fatalities of gun violence and car accidents combined.
All of our biological systems for regulating energy, hunger and satiety get thrown off by eating foods that are high in sugar (like Fructose, for instance), low in fiber and injected with additives, and which make up 60 percent of the calories we eat.
According to a 2015 survey, students receive an average of 19 hours of nutrition education over four years of school time—five hours fewer than they got in 2006.
Three separate studies have found that fat women are more likely to die from breast and cervical cancers than non-fat women, a result partially attributed to their reluctance to see doctors and get screenings/tests and timely diagnosis.
More than 40 percent of Americans classified as obese say they experience stigma on a daily basis.
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