Most adult cancers are a consequence of personal choice.Huhooooooo sacrilege!
It's fine to say that about 'obesity', but to test the waters on those unused to this kind treatment is bold. You know how people always pretend hating on fat people is brave? This is the bravery they mean.
So how do people respond to this? If you're fat, see if you can "guess".
I lost my father to cancer. He didn't smoke or drink or eat processed food. But why should that matter?Yep, good/bad fatty. Having your personal integrity attacked through "lifestyle" starts that script.
Telling people they create their own disease is a paradigm shift. Not because the medical system was so forward thinking, as we assumed. More because that suited its method, mainly around magic bullets and other interventions. That's about listening to your doc and taking your meds. The end.
To be the cause of your own disease makes you, not just someone who can take care or live right, it makes illness guiltiness. For lovers of retro, this is time honoured, some might say, positively stone age. That can go with the diet.
There are similar rules and drives as those of the 'obesity' crusade;
Dr Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).... said when people know his job, they asked whether a cure for cancer had been found, yet few think about preventing the disease in the first place. "Despite exciting advances, the report shows that we cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem.Not disinterest in science like 'obesity' more fatigue with the progress and prospect of it. This is part of what happens when you stop trying to teach science properly to all. It becomes the province of certain classes, who cannot produce sufficient numbers who acquire that tag from their raging curiosity, rather than desire for the acme of societal kudos.
The biggest burden will be in low- and middle-income countries, where the population is increasing and living longer.So, that's the real driver of cancer, in the western (model) world. And increasingly every where else.
This may seem like exaggeration. That this will just be a question of more people taking better care of themselves, or that those who live right will not be subjected to this.
I beg to differ. Slippery slope aside, this is a culture shift. It won't be immediate. It will happen over time, but not too much. I remember when fat people as fully human still made sense, (about, 15 years ago?)
When enough time has elapsed for people to forget what it was like to not believe people create their health, then..... people will see that mental health stigma will be the norm of how physical illness is seen. That's an unexpected development mental health activists weren't banking on. Maybe it's a trend?
Mind you, 'obesity' by defining people as disease and insisting dieting totally works, makes fat people technically cray cray, anyway. (You become the voice of disease, therefore what you say has no credence.)
The worrying thing is the emphatic nature of "lifestyle" as the answer. If weight loss dieting's anything to go by, they'll be denial of any failure. Though, must admit, I don't think it will get that bad for others.
I've always said though, I'm not actually bothered by the idea of culpability in at least some health issues. We probably do cause a lot of our own problems, or facilitate them certainly. So what? It's called being-not even just being human.
Where I felt the problem lied is defining people as intrinsically pathological.
That more than being blamed for illness is what is so alienating. Black people have borne this burden since spotted by White people. You don't have to be defined openly as disease in order for the same instrinsic pathologization to have the effect of dehumanizing you.
Anyhow, the ubiquity of, your own fault, the fact it could theoretically touch everyone will alter its dyamic. It might even give some people pause for thought when it comes to 'obesity'.