There is significant media surrounding obesity, and the general impression is that being overweight is a “choice”. However, in many cases obesity may be caused by other factors including a medical condition or injury, genetics, mental illness or disability. While the societal focus has been on helping people to lose excess weight (through programs, even gimmicks, and reality shows), there is another lingering problem. Living with obesity can make routine tasks difficult, and can make daily living a struggle. Mary Forhan, an Occupational Therapist from Edmonton, has worked with many obese individuals over the years and is now dedicating her focus to helping these and other patients struggling with obesity live their lives to the fullest. The following article from the Edmonton Journal discusses how Occupational Therapy can help.