Huff Post recently published “Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong,” by Michael Hobbes highlighting a significant gap between science and practice in the treatment of obesity. The article draws a comparison to the deaths of 2 million sailors over a 300-year period from scurvy – a disease medical experts knew could be prevented with daily citrus consumption yet was not (for 200+ years) due to competing traditions, assumptions and financial incentives.
Why is this relevant to obesity, where the solution is far less simple than an orange a day?
What we’ve been doing to prevent and treat obesity isn’t working. That includes denying obesity is a disease, blaming the victim and trying the same (failed) approaches over and over. We know that:
The infographic Treating Obesity is Everyone’s Business recaps these challenges. A forthcoming “Practical Playbook: Managing Overweight and Obesity” will provide a deeper look into how employers can help employees by investing in what works.
Let’s work together to overcome the gap between science and practice.
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