Published: 16 January 2021
Author(s): Luca Busetto, Silvia Bettini, Janine Makaronidis, Carl A. Roberts, Jason C.G. Halford, Rachel L. Batterham
Section: Review Article

Obesity is a chronic progressive disease with a high tendency to recidivism. Weight regain is frequent after any attempts of voluntary weight loss [1]. Weight regain is frequently attributed to the lack of compliance of the patients [2]. This simplistic interpretation is based on the false assumption that body weight is entirely under volitional control and that weight loss is only a matter of self-control [3]. Weight regain was indeed attributed to the lack of motivation and self-control of the patients, thus increasing the pervasive stigmatization of people with obesity as lazy and unreliable persons [3].

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