The word obesity invokes multiple connotations that contain a realm of disparate descriptions ranging from disease to disdain. There are also few other human conditions that cause increased morbidity and mortality and affect millions of individuals worldwide yet is still viewed by many as a character fault or moral failure. Herein we have the opportunity to read the personal reflections of individuals with obesity who have struggled with their weight over a lifetime. Through a series of 12 narratives, the authors collectively share their shame, humiliation, dignity, inner strength and advice for health professionals who they entrust.
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