Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Nature Medicine Reinforces the Obesity is Gluttony Narrative (@naturemedicine)


While I'm sure the intent was innocent, I was sad to see the infographic up above which highlighted Nature Medicine's Metabolic Syndrome Supplement (for non scientist and MD readers, Nature Medicine is one of the world's most prominent, peer reviewed, medical journals).

Yes, excess dietary intake leads to obesity, which in turn fuels metabolic syndrome, but the use of multiple large pieces of chocolate cake to represent intake just stokes the fire of weight bias and the belief that excess intake is consequent to simple gluttony.

This year, when you write or chat or think about obesity, why not take a moment and think about how you're characterizing it, and whether or not you too, perhaps unconsciously and inadvertently, are cultivating classic weight bias and stereotyping?