AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. April 2010, Volume 12, Number 4.

Ethics Poll

Your Weight: Is It Everybody’s Business?

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Obesity researchers and clinicians agree that many factors, including genetic and environmental influences and will power in regulating food intake and activity level, contribute to unwanted weight gain and obesity. Which of the following do you think is the greatest contributor to overweight and obesity?
People who are overweight and obese report that they experience weight-related stigma from many sources and that bias occurs in hiring and promotion decisions. Which of the following best describes how you think weight-related bias operates in the job market? Biases against people who are overweight:
Many policymakers believe that America is in the midst of an obesity crisis, but there is disagreement about whether and to what extent government should intervene. Which of the following interventions do you think government should undertake in attempting to curb the nation's obesity crisis? Check all that apply.
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