Can a new ‘obesity rights bill’ help fix a broken system?

Can a new ‘obesity rights bill’ help fix a broken system?

For decades, patients with obesity have feared interacting with health care providers.

Take Patty Nice.

When she was in third grade, the school nurse moved the scales and arranged the children. After weighing the student, who loved to swim, ski, ride a bike and do gymnastics, the nurse turned to her and announced to her classmates: “You are fat and you need to lose weight.”

Ness, whose parents and grandparents were overweight, became larger with age.

Her successful career as a Department of Labor attorney provided plenty of evidence that Nessie had self-control, but she blamed herself for every pound she gained.

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