This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield discussed why obesity should be classified as a disease after Alison Hammond flopped on the ITV show last week because of her own weight struggles.
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This Morning has been praised for a candid and informative segment on weight struggles after ITV host Alison Hammond opened up about her own fight last week on the show.
This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby sat down with ITV’s Dr Zoe Williams and anti-obesity campaigner Sarah Le Brocq to discuss the condition and why it should be recognized as a disease.
Sarah notes that genetics is “a huge part” of obesity and also emphasizes that it is not a choice, favoring people living with the condition having greater access to services. and support.
She said: ‘Both my parents have struggled with their weight, but I think it’s social pressure to look a certain weight. I tried post-diet and when you lose weight and it comes back, you start going back to the highest weight you’ve ever been. ”
Holly notes that she’s never heard of ‘setpoint theory’ before, the theory that the body’s attempt to maintain a preset weight, which is firmly embedded in our DNA, results in people having to “fight against biology” to lose weight.
Sarah continued: “I wanted to change the narrative around obesity, to let people know it is a complex chronic disease. It’s not someone’s choice and we need to support people and stop punishing them. “
ITV’s Dr Zoe continued to bring the conversation to This Morning presenter Alison Hammond, who broke down in tears in front of a caller sharing her worries for her teenage daughter with the disorder. Eating.
Speaking during the segment, Alison said: “Can I say something? Obviously I’ve got – I’m so upset – I’ve been obese all my life. And your regulatory system is outdated. So obviously you can’t control wanting to eat all the time.”
“I think a lot of people don’t realize that obesity is a disease,” she said. You can’t help but want to eat all the time.”
Referring to the emotional moment on the show, Dr Zoe said: “We watched our own Alison on the show on Friday explaining her experience and she was right: obesity is a disease disease and it requires the same care and support as any other chronic illness. .
“Weight discrimination goes beyond the perspective of society and how we treat people. It means there is less investment and obesity is not a priority. “
This Morning viewers took to Twitter to discuss the informant segment, with many noting that the conversation around weight needs to change.
One fan wrote: “Great This Morning discussion on obesity. It’s time for it to be treated differently. Not everyone who suffers is sitting in front of the TV eating a bucket of fried chicken.”
Another social media user wrote: “I really like this Dr, she really breaks everything down for you to understand.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/morning-praised-educational-weight-loss-26425432 This Morning has praised the weight loss education debate after the Alison Hammond incident