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The language of obesity just makes matters worse

Obesity prevention has emphasized the individual person and created a narrative of blame. But by treating obesity as a socially transmitted disease, we can start to turn the tide of the obesity epidemic, says Tim Lobstein.

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  1. World Obesity Federation, London, UK

    • Tim Lobstein
  2. The Boden Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

    • Tim Lobstein


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The author declares no competing interests.

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Correspondence to Tim Lobstein.