Obesity on the Nile | David Katz, M.D.

August 29, 2014 4:15 PM

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Yes, there is obesity in Egypt; although the situation is far worse in other Middle Eastern countries that have undergone more dramatic cultural transitions in recent years. But that's not really my subject today anyway. Rather, I am invoking the well-known observation that the Nile -- or, rather, "denial" -- is not just a river in Egypt.

Denial bedevils our responses to rampant childhood obesity. Whether or not knowledge is reliably power, obliviousness is reliably disempowering. We don't always fix what we know to be broken, but we virtually never fix what we are overlooking. With regard to health, this most indelibly relates to al...

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