Weight forms part of our identity. After many years of being overweight, it’s quite normal to develop a ‘fat identity’, an entrenched sense of self that is actually harder to shed than the kilos themselves. Many people who’ve had bariatric surgery comment that they still feel fat afterwards. They’re not. By an objective measure, they’re now fit and healthy. But the feeling of fatness persists. Sound familiar? Here’s what’s going on.
Researchers are exploring many questions about obesity to learn more about how it develops, how to treat it and how to change it. Patients too have many questions. Why obesity affects them, why it’s so hard to change, whether it’s genetic or lifestyle related and, most crucially, how to treat it and reach a healthy weight.