Auckland doctor Robyn Toomath spent years telling her diabetes patients to lose weight only to have them fail despite their best intentions.
Eventually she stopped altogether and her book, Fat Science, explains why.
Radical as it might sound Toomath says individuals shouldn’t be held responsible for becoming fat, or obese.
“It’s not appropriate to consider body size as being within our personal control when genetics and the environment in which we live has such a powerful effect.”
Toomath says some people are genetically pre-disposed to weight gain and in an environment packed with fatty, sugar-soaked food, it is inevitable they will lose any battle of the bulge.
I totally disagree. Yes there are genetic and environmental factors but they are far less powerful than the power of individual choice.
I got massively overweight because I ate too much food.
I lost the weight because I stopped eating so much food, and did more exercise.
My problem wasn’t the type of food, the advertising, the taste. It was simply I ate too much. And that is the case for most people who are overweight (not all).
Toomath blames almost everything on evil big business, and discounts any significant role for individual choice.