Abstract

The essays on obesity in this issue frequently refer to the recent American Medical Association (AMA) declaration of obesity as a disease. In response to these essays, I describe and explore the significance of ‘risk–factor medicalization’ and how negative unintended consequences with this approach to disease modeling are exemplified in many of the essays. I also relate the essays’ content to the issue of physician hubris in the face of their own helplessness in aiding the obese patient.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2157-1740
Print ISSN
2157-1732
Pages
pp. 143-146
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-12
Open Access
No
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