ISAA Declares "Obesity Is NOT A Disease"
Despite U.S. Government Statement

Obesity Is NOT A Disease!

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For years, the International Size Acceptance Association (ISAA) has maintained the claim that obesity is not a disease. Now, many in the medical and obesity research industries have succeeded in lobbying the U.S. government to have obesity declared a disease in order for insurance to more readily and easily cover costly obesity "treatments."

ISAA does not believe that obesity is a disease for several reasons. First and most importantly, in most instances, obesity does not prevent fitness nor activity.

Secondly, ISAA offers an effective alternative to weight loss diets, drugs and surgery in its Respect Fitness Health initiative. Simply put, the Respect Fitness Health initiative encourages self-esteem, fitness and healthy eating habits. Weight loss diets, drugs and surgery all have well-documented side-effects, most of which include weight regain and decreased health.

Lastly, one of the reasons ISAA exists is to help end size-based discrimination. It has clearly been shown that a "pro-thin, anti-fat implicit bias" exists among health professionals specializing in the treatment of obesity, according to a recent study from the Rudd Institute at Yale University.

In response, ISAA has further dedicated itself to informing the public about Respect Fitness Health and the dangers of bias against obesity with this "Obesity Is NOT A Disease!" campaign.

Now there are two things you can do to help:

  1. Contact the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Health & Human Services and let them know that YOU do not think obesity is a disease and you do not want to give a free pass to weight loss surgeons and the pharmaceutical and diet industries that simply want to profit from "the obesity epidemic" when there are healthier alternatives.

    Here is the contact information:

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20201
    Telephone: 202.619.0257
    Toll Free: 1.877.696.6775

    Immediate office of the Secretary

    Please be aware that mail sent to their Washington D.C area offices take an additional 3-4 days to process due to changes in mail handling resulting from the Anthrax crisis of October 2001.

  2. Please help us spread the word about this campaign by using the provided graphics on your websites and link to this page at

    Download them, do not directly link to them, as this uses up vital bandwidth for the ISAA website.

Thank you for your time and interest in size acceptance.

Allen Steadham
Director ISAA