A standout session at Your Weight Matters was “Obesity is a
Disease: Change My Mind,” which featured a discussion between leading
obesity expert Arya Sharma, M.D., Ph.D., and Joe Nadglowski, OAC’s
President & CEO.
Simply and powerfully, the speakers pointed out that we would
never question the time and effort put into preventive care options
for cancer and heart disease. So why should obesity be any
different? It meets the fundamental definition of a “chronic
disease” and yet it invites so many conflicting points-of-views.
It was heartbreaking to hear that so many people living with obesity
have internalized the idea that they’re at fault or that this is a
lifestyle issue they must face on their own. Obesity is a matter of
health, linked to more than 60 other health conditions that can impact
a person’s physical and emotional well-being. Just like any other
chronic, progressive condition that impairs your health, obesity
requires long-term, holistic approaches to care and treatment,
which may include medication, behavioral health or surgery, in
addition to healthy eating and physical activity.