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Health workers are encouraged to look at the causes of poor health in people with obesity instead of focusing on body size. Photo by LuminaStock courtesy iStockphoto

People looking for research backing up almost any topic as it relates to obesity are likely to find it. For example, waist circumference, not overall obesity, contributes to other health risks, according to a 2017 study in Diabetes Metabolism Research and Reviews.

Perhaps people can both have obesity and be metabolically healthy and fit, with no higher risk than people at a normal weight, according to 2012 research from the European Society of Cardiology. Or maybe too many deaths are wrongly associated with obesity, shows 2005 research in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

But there is one topic related to obesity where time and time again, researchers agree: Shaming people with obesity does not help them lose weight.

To continue reading this story from the October 2017 issue of The Nation’s Health, visit the newspaper online.