Dr. Karin Schwartz, Psy.D. notes that “obesity is a disease similar to depression, anxiety, OCD. It has significant medical effects. Typically people that are obese or morbidly obese struggle with diabetes, hypertension; they could be at higher risk for stroke; and similarly the way that certain medications can help situations like depression, they can also help issues related to obesity, so that in and of itself would qualify it as a disease.” She talks about how her patients are in a desperate place when they come to see her. They have tried everything possible to lose weight and failed over and over. She stresses that the key to starting a conversation with an obese patient is trying to figure out what their relationship with food is.