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Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong

Huffington Post/Highline
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Nearly 80 percent of American adults are clinically overweight or obese. Journalist Michael Hobbes says the medical community has responded to this crisis by shaming people for being fat rather than helping them.

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Tuesday, we’re talking about America’s obesity problem. Nearly 80 percent of adults and one-third of children are clinically overweight or obese. The journalist Michael Hobbes says that the medical community has responded to this crisis by blaming people for being fat. If only they had the right diet or better self-control, they’d lose weight and regain their health. But of course, that hasn’t worked. Hobbes joins us to examine the stigma of obesity and what we can do to be healthier and happier.

Michael Hobbes is a senior enterprise reporter for Huffington Post and a contributor to HuffPost's online longform publication Highline. His article for Highline is called "Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong." He's also the co-host of the podcast You're Wrong About.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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