Generalized diet recommendations are doing little to change the obesity problem, says researcher

Brendan Fraser’s portrayal of an obese man in “The Whale” sparked an online debate about whether the film is “fatphobic” or an important narrative that addresses the issue of eating disorders. Regardless of whether the film tackles the topic of obesity in the right way, it has shone a spotlight on it. Eating disorders effect 1.25 million people in the U.K., and following Eating Disorders Awareness Week earlier this month, Dr. Adelina Gschwandtner, Senior Lecturer in Economics at Kent, explains why we need a new approach to addressing our obesity problem.

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