Many common myths and dogmas undermine the successful management of obesity. In society, and within the healthcare system, these myths contribute to a culture in which people are prone to making assumptions about the values or the lifestyles of individuals who have obesity.
For these reasons, we need to explore and address a number of the damaging misconceptions that contribute to stigmatization of individuals who have obesity, for example:
- Obesity is caused by sloth and gluttony
- An imposed net energy deficit cures obesity
- All obese people are unhealthy
- Obesity can be managed with dietary supplements
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