According to the National Institute of Health, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, right behind tobacco use. An estimated 300,000 deaths per year are due to the obesity epidemic. In some circles this information is a problem, and in fact necessitates the general prohibition against fat-shaming. Last year Weight Watchers changed its name to WW because “merely the idea of watching your weight is now bullying” or fat-shaming. Maher: “Health care is not just about you and the government — it’s also about you and the waitress.”

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From “Our Food Is Killing Too Many Of Us,” posted in the N.Y. Times on 8.26.19: