Abbott 'blames fat people for obesity'

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Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott blames overweight people for their obesity, his NSW counterpart says.

NSW Health Minister John Hatzistergos said Mr Abbott had told him obesity "was a self-inflicted illness".

He said Mr Abbott's attitude toward obesity was the reason behind a lack of federal government action on what was a fundamental health issue.

Mr Hatzistergos renewed his call to Mr Abbott to reconsider his refusal to join a states and territories working party reviewing the role of food marketing and advertising.

"I ask him to reconsider his position," Mr Hatzistergos told reporters.

"We need cooperation on the major issues, particularly when it comes to questions of marketing, advertising and promotion.

"These things fall into the bailiwick of the commonwealth and we need their involvement and their leadership.

"The responsibility for a lot of the communication issues rests with the federal government for this fundamental health issue."
Why must fatness or obesity been seen as a disease that has to be cured?
 

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Why must fatness or obesity been seen as a disease that has to be cured?
Because fatness is still considered ugly and a sign of lacking self control, and obesity is still the hot button health issue of the decade!
 

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Australian Lord said:
Why must fatness or obesity been seen as a disease that has to be cured?
The same reason why homosexuality was once seen as a disease---people are stupid. And the people who control public opinion are the most stupid of all.
 

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It's much easier to blame the symptom instead of the root cause, even though attacking the individual completely misses the point. My engineer husband points out that he hears similar statements in many of his projects, and it applies to obesity too. If obese people are in the majority now, then most likely it's a systematic phenomenon rather than an individual phenomenon.
 

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KuroBara said:
The same reason why homosexuality was once seen as a disease---people are stupid. And the people who control public opinion are the most stupid of all.
I agree...to a point. People who allow these people to control their opinion are pretty stupid, as well.

BTW...welcome to the forums, neighbor. :) *waving from the top of the AR capitol building*
 

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At least he didn't blame death on dying. That would have been a PR nightmare.
 

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