Obesity is a global public health issue, yet it’s regarded by many as a personal failing. Negative attitudes abound. Chief among them: The mistaken belief that those with it are to blame for their weight; the dogged perception that if they only set their minds to it, they could shed it.
Bärbel Knäuper, professor of Health Psychology at McGill University, says that the flurry of diet-related messaging on social media and elsewhere has resulted in food becoming compartmentalized; eating is no longer based on what we know and feel about what our bodies need. “A lot of people have lost the ability to listen to their own bodies.”