Caroline Weinberg is a doctor with a masters in public health and a professional focus on low-resource settings. She writes frequently about issues at the crossroads of culture and health.
Fairness and equality
Fat but fit?
The medical evidence is overwhelming – obesity is bad for you and it would be a major mistake to give up fighting it
Based on decades of scientific research and medical knowledge, yes. Obesity is a major cause for concern worldwide and, if unaddressed, its prevalence will continue to increase, bringing with it health, sociological, and economic consequences. I realize that sounds hyperbolic, but before talking about the “why” and the “what can we do about it,” I need to be blunt about the stakes. The obesity epidemic is far more complicated than “fat = bad,” but we have to start with this important premise: excess adipose tissue is hard on your joints and ...