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The 3Ds of Obesity: Countering Discrimination, Disinformation, and Disinterest



*(Original idea inspired by [Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes](https://www.drsharma.ca/the-3ds-of-obesity-discrimination-disinformation-disinterest))*


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Weight Discrimination Linked to Obesity

Addressing the ongoing challenge of obesity is a complex task, made even more difficult by the persistent issues of Discrimination, Disinformation, and Disinterest that plague our society's approach to it. In this article, we'll dive into these three 'Ds' and propose a different path forward, one that embraces respect, information, and genuine interest in understanding and combating obesity.


##Discrimination


Discrimination is an unfortunate reality faced by many people living with obesity. It's pervasive and affects all aspects of life, from the workplace to public spaces, and even healthcare settings. A widely reported phenomenon is the inadequate care provided to individuals with obesity, attributed to prejudiced views that oversimplify the problem to just needing to 'eat less and move more'. It's vital that we foster a culture of understanding, where each person's struggle is treated uniquely, and where empathy replaces judgment.


##Disinformation


The second 'D', disinformation, is perpetuated in large part by the thriving weight loss industry. Worth billions of dollars, it often profits off of people's desperation, selling ineffective supplements, promoting fad diets, and making dubious claims. Additionally, governments and policy makers often set unrealistic goals, focusing primarily on food and activity policies that fail to make a meaningful impact on the obesity epidemic. This focus also conveniently sidesteps the need to develop effective treatments for those currently grappling with obesity. We need to ensure that we are informed consumers and that accurate information trumps sales tactics.


##Disinterest


Arguably the most damaging of the three Ds is Disinterest. This is evident in the lack of initiative shown by many healthcare providers in learning about and managing obesity. Despite it being a major health issue of our time, obesity often takes a back seat in academic research, professional training, and healthcare policies. The disinterest becomes a vicious cycle - lack of knowledge leads to less interest, and less interest leads to less knowledge. We need to change this and give obesity the attention it deserves, both in terms of research and in providing quality care.


In recent times, there have been some positive developments. More people living with obesity are standing up against discrimination, refusing to accept being treated as lesser. While there's still a long way to go in countering disinformation, more balanced reporting about obesity and its treatments is beginning to emerge.


There are also discussions about expanding obesity services and improving access to treatments, even though the pace of these improvements is slow. It's a step in the right direction, but there's still much to do.


By actively challenging these 3Ds – fighting against discrimination, countering disinformation, and showing genuine interest in understanding and addressing obesity – we can move towards a world that is more accepting, more informed, and more invested in the health of all its citizens. Let's work together to bring about this change.

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