February 12, 2014
Can Your Family Make You Obese?

We often talk about obesity as a public health crisis, but rarely about how totally, utterly baffling it is as a disease. Obese people face discrimination at almost every turn, and yet the American obesity rate is now over 27 percent, and rising. It’s an extremely expensive condition—the severely obese spend more than twice as much on medical care—but it’s also most prevalent among low-income people.
Usually, things that are this strongly dis-incentivized don’t continue to advance so rapidly.
So, why does it? 
It’s a sensitive issue, but the more we learn about how obesity works—and doesn’t—the better we can help those affected by it.
Read more. [Image: nvainio/Flickr]

Can Your Family Make You Obese?

We often talk about obesity as a public health crisis, but rarely about how totally, utterly baffling it is as a disease. Obese people face discrimination at almost every turn, and yet the American obesity rate is now over 27 percent, and rising. It’s an extremely expensive condition—the severely obese spend more than twice as much on medical care—but it’s also most prevalent among low-income people.

Usually, things that are this strongly dis-incentivized don’t continue to advance so rapidly.

So, why does it?

It’s a sensitive issue, but the more we learn about how obesity works—and doesn’t—the better we can help those affected by it.

Read more. [Image: nvainio/Flickr]

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