With as many as one in three people in the U.S. qualifying as obese, misconceptions are often formed about what it means to be significantly overweight. The Onion separates obesity myths from facts

Myth: Obesity is a state dictated by many complex factors such as genetics and environment

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Fact: Obesity is caused by choosing white bread over wheat


Myth: It’s healthier to be thin than fat

Fact: Multiple researchers confirm that the human body can maintain healthy function at any size, Mom

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Myth: Tolerance and celebration of a wide range of body types are the best approaches to obesity

Fact: Snide comments and withering glances from bus passengers are the tried-and-true methods of addressing obesity

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Myth: There is no one-size-fits-all solution for managing one’s health

Fact: Talk to your doctor about Laproxodil today


Myth: Realistic weight loss goals are more likely to result in successful health management

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Fact: No weight loss goal is realistic