As one study author put it, obesity is like a bad friend who gets you sentenced to jail, "but once imprisoned the friend remains loyal and protects you against poor prison conditions and other inmates."
"Obesity is like The Blind Men and the Elephant because there are several ways one can look at it," Dhurandhar said. "We should also refer to it as obesities because there are so many different types and factors."
"Obesity is like a contagious disease," said nutritional therapist Heather Leeson, of Glenville Nutrition Clinic.
"The conventional wisdom holds that obesity is like a huge wave that is just starting to break across the U.S., creating an endless swamp of medical and economic problems. But there is a growing sentiment that the panic over obesity is a worse problem than obesity itself. "
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