This is the question Mike Schatzki, author of the newly published book, “The Great Fat Fraud” tries to answer “yes” to. He claims that obesity has been blown out of proportion, and that calling it an epidemic is a fraud by the Weight loss industry. A WSJ article discusses some of the main points of the book:
There is no obesity epidemic. Fat is not a disease.
Most health problems attributed to weight are actually caused by something else.
Definitions of “overweight” and “obese” were actually created by the weight loss industry.
I disagree. There are plenty of credible research on the link between obesity and specific illnesses, certainly more credible than Mike Schatzki’s ‘two-year study’ on the subject. Sure, some diseases are not brought on by obesity, but are made more chronic by weight gain or obesity. Even if mortality not increased, disability and health costs clearly are. Many people associate fast food, junk food, tv, monikers like “couch potato” with the American lifestyle. And this lifestyle is becoming more widespread, and there is statistical data that obesity is on a rapid rise.
Many folks try to make a quick buck off of weight loss, I remain dubious about weight loss medications. I’m suggesting a holistic lifestyle change, not a “product.”