I find this topic overwhelming, frustrating, depressing and disheartening. I have spent my career in health education and we are worse off today than when I began in 1975. And it was terrible back then! Our entire health care system is broken. So is my hope that it can be fixed. Perhaps the way to change is with many small scale programs within the local communities.
This should not be a politically contentious conversation.
Thanks for posting this! It's an important conversation but I feel even more hopeless after reading the article. Many people were preaching fat acceptance and "healthy at any size" right before the pandemic and (I'm assuming a largely non-overlapping) many others will refuse to accept any guidance whatsoever from any government agency.
Also I'm sorry but I cannot get past the language change to describe obesity as an acquired disease ("has obesity" vs. "is obese") and assertions that obesity is "not something that can be blamed on or fixed by personal choices." Forget medicine, this is wrong on a thermodynamics level. It's not surprising at all that no country has reduced their obesity rates.