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Allen Steadham Biography

Founder and Director of International Size Acceptance Association (ISAA)
Con to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"

“The term ‘obesity’ has metamorphosed over the years from simply describing a state of fatness to now being synonymous with disease and death. A thorough and unbiased closer look, however, reveals that obesity is, in fact, not a disease at all.

First of all, many of the medical conditions, including mortality, associated with obesity are actually a result of sedentary lifestyle and poor food choices…

Second, a significant source of decreased health on the body is cyclical weight-loss dieting and fad diets… In contrast, increased mobility through mild but maintainable activity, in combination with improved food choices, decreases stress and increases health and energy, whether or not actual weight is lost.”

“Obesity Is Not a Disease,” DOC News, Oct. 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Director, International Size Acceptance Association (ISAA)
  • Tech Support Technician, Dell, Dec. 1999-Feb. 2000
  • Administrative Technician III, Texas Department of State Health Services, Sep. 1987-Jan. 1991
  • BA, Finance, Texas State University-San Marcos, 1995
  • BA, Journalism, University of Texas at Austin, 1991
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