"The Obesity Epidemic" is a myth perpetrated by the weight-loss industry, says Mike Schatzki, author of the newly published book, The Great Fat Fraud: Why the "Obesity Epidemic" Isn't, How to Be Totally Healthy without Losing Weight and If You Should Lose Some Pounds, How to Keep Them from Finding You Again (Lamington Press, 2011).
"Fad diets, weight loss surgical procedures, diet pills and The Biggest Losers are all part of daily life. This is our 'Overweight States of America,'" he says. "Try to escape the weight loss industry for just one day, you'll find it nearly impossible. Around every corner, on every channel, Facebook page, and Twitter feed you'll find an ad promoting weight loss pills, 'smart liposuction,' gastric bypass surgery, and the newest in amazing plans to lose weight. We've gone from 'America the Free' to 'America the Fat.'"
"Who decided what is obesity anyway? Is stick-starving skinny really the only healthy option?" he asks. These are just some of the questions that came to Mike Schatzki as he was researching a speech he calls "The No Sweat Couch Potato Recovery Program." Schatzki says he was astounded and mesmerized by what he discovered, namely that there is no obesity epidemic, being fat is not a disease and most health problems attributed to weight are actually caused by something else.
"Perhaps Mark Twain said it best, 'It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so,'" he says. "And when it comes to obesity, what everybody 'knows for sure' just ain't so." To combat this, Schatzki has struck out on a one-man quest to tell the world what is so, what's been proven by scientific studies for years, and what people can do to be totally healthy regardless of their weight.