It’s not a disease, so stop telling this big, fat lie about ...

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It’s not a disease, so stop telling this big, fat lie about obesity

It's time to ditch the stigma and all the body positivity nonsense and have a truthful talk about our swelling populace

Judith Woods

Is overeating an illness? Is being a bit fat and a bit lazy a clinical condition? Is even posing such questions an admission of craven defeat in our ongoing battle of the bulge? No. No. Yes. But. A big but. For (whisper it) big butts.

Anyone already offended ought to keep reading. This is probably about you. And me and most other people “carrying a few extra pounds”, as the modern euphemism has it.

A group (maybe the collective term is an outbreak?) of doctors has written to the British Medical Journal suggesting that obesity be classified as a disease. I know, I know, but stay with me. It’s nonsense, of course. Yet I think I can discern the method in their madness; this is a bold exercise in rebranding par excellence...

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