Popular misconceptions about Obesity:
1) Food Causes Obesity
2) Obesity Is a Choice
3) Calories In, Calories Out
4) It's Just a Lack of Willpower
5) Who Cares About Why? Just Eat Less.
Successful prevention or treatment of obesity is fraught with many difficulties, including challenges in having open patient-clinician conversations and overcoming stigma. These difficulties are further heightened because obesity is often considered to have a simple cause, when in fact it is a complex disease with a multifactorial etiology.
Effective treatment of obesity requires a careful understanding of the facts and myths surrounding this disease and its various causes. Bariatric surgery can be a powerful tool for weight loss in very severe cases.