REFRAMING THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC: SEPARATING THINNESS FROM HEALTH
By Daniel J. Green
How many of your clients first came to you after being told by their doctors that they needed to lose some weight? With the ever-increasing number of people who are struggling with overweight or obesity, doctors are undoubtedly issuing this directive more and more often. But what does a patient do with this information? It’s not as though he or she can simply go home and “lose some weight.” Presumably, the intention behind the doctor’s recommendation is a desire to improve the patient’s health, but is equating weight loss with health really in the patient’s best interest—and is it even accurate?
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