I strongly advocate for lifestyles that are healthy and active, as studies have proven that this can reduce the incidence of many illnesses. However, obesity occurs within a different biochemical context and this relates to many hormone—such as insulin and leptin.
For many, obesity is not a lifestyle choice and we need to reduce the blame, shame and stigma towards our obese family members, friends and fellow members of society. If you have a genetic profile that predisposes you to weight gain, then the odds are stacked against you in our current ‘obesogenic’ environment.
Dr Robert Lustig, demonstrates in the documentary entitled “The skinny on obesity,” that obesity goes way beyond personal responsibility. There are clearly societal and environmental forces at work. Dr lustig points out that fast food outlets are prolific, over 24000 different ‘foods’ enter the market each year, and 80% of food in our stores are laced with sugar. He maintains that consumer choice is limited when processed, highly palatable food is accessible on every street corner. Personal responsibility is not ultimately going to solve the problem and we are not going to effectively change behaviour when our food environment is so unfavourable.