September 22nd, 2009

Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove’s unfortunate remark stokes needed conversation about obesity

By Kelley Luckstein

It's about time this nation had a serious conversation about obesity. That's why it's so unfortunate the issue keeps getting misconstrued and caricatured as thin people beating up on fat people -- as discrimination instead of dialogue.

 

Actually, being overweight is as American as, well, apple pie.

 

It's more a discussion about lifestyles, about what we eat and how we keep fit and healthy -- and how we keep our children from turning into overweight adults who have trouble walking -- than about absolutes of girth or flab…

 

The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota says women who gain 20 pounds after menopause face a nearly 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer. Those are harsh odds for a disease that already carries off too many smart, accomplished American women.

 

Cleveland Plain Dealer, by Mary Sneyd, 09/18/09

Tags: Nutrition, Obesity, risks, weight loss

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