Obesity Bias:
The Bias We Don’t Want to Talk About

Arin N. Reeves
July 2015

Obesity remains one area where bigotry won’t go away.

In 2011, St. Mary Medical Center of Northwest Indiana advertised its weight-loss and bariatric surgery services through a series of billboards that boldly stated: Obesity is a disease. Not a decision.

The hospital expected to spark a debate on obesity, but it was not prepared for the outrage and anger that the billboards provoked. People argued that obesity was a choice, not a disease, and that the hospital was doing a disservice to the community by normalizing obesity instead of encouraging healthy dieting and exercise.

Think Smarter. Lead Better.

  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.

    Kevin Smith
  • Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

    James Surowiecki