Risk factor medicalization, hubris, and the obesity disease

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-146
Number of pages4
JournalNarrative inquiry in bioethics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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