Just have to disagree with you about being overweight can be the result of genetics, medical conditions etc. This is part of my day job. The only 'medical' result is in the use of certain types of steroids or medication but they do not, in themselves, cause morbid obesity - severe weight gain. In majority of people who are overweight it is due purely to the amount of calories they consume and nothing to do with genetics no matter what you read in Newspapers or see on TV. The cause of excessive calorie consumption is where there are sensitivities. Seriously overweight people do have an 'illness' in the broadest terms and it is a psychological one or part of an underlying medical condition e.g. Bader-Lewis Syndrome, Cushings disease, PCOS, Diabetes which makes weight gain easy and weight loss hard. However, the cause of the weight gain is genuinely down to consumption of calories and nothing else. (Please note, I am not including weight caused by build up of excessive fluid as that is not classed as obesity). Anyone who is overweight, and I include myself, struggles on a daily basis with their body image. Overweight people have to put up with stigma, cruel and inappropriate comments and being told constantly "You're fat!" Rather than shaking people out of it, it tends to make people even more inward looking and the result is a vicious circle where you seek comfort and actually crave ...high fat/carbohydrate- cakes, chococlate, fries, fast food. You try to diet and what do you see on TV? Cookery programmes, the latest 'celebrity diet' whereby the 'celebrity' is already a stick insect and has the financial backing to employ a chef, weight trainer and if they are promotoing a specific diet, they get all the stuff for FREE! The whole 'fat fighters' issue makes me totally sick and socitey as a whole treat overweight people absolutely terribly making the process of losing weight for some people, almost impossible. All I will say is that "Do not judge other people...You do not know them or their story". To all of us out there who have a weight issue, we have to live with our own demons without other people adding to them.