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  1. Catherine A. Womack, Gender, Obesity, and Stigmatization.
    Obesity is defined and identified in a number of ways, depending on whether it is in a medical, social, public health, or other context. After a brief primer on obesity, its causes and effects (and in particular its gender-based effects), this entry will examine weight stigmatization in more detail, giving an overview of some of the major results of studies across social science and public health fields. Next will be a discussion of two main approaches from which to understand and (...)
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  2. Catherine A. Womack (2013). Ethical and Epistemic Issues in Direct-to-Consumer Drug Advertising: Where is Patient Agency? [REVIEW] Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 16 (2):275-280.
    Arguments for and against direct-to-consumer drug advertising (DTCA) center on two issues: (1) the epistemic effects on patients through access to information provided by the ads; and (2) the effects of such information on patients’ abilities to make good choices in the healthcare marketplace. Advocates argue that DTCA provides useful information for patients as consumers, including information connecting symptoms to particular medical conditions, information about new drug therapies for those conditions. Opponents of DTCA point out substantial omissions in information provided (...)
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  3. Catherine Womack & Norah Mulvaney-Day (2012). Feminist Bioethics Meets Experimental Philosophy: Embracing the Qualitative and Experiential. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 5 (1):113-132.
    Experimental philosophy (henceforth called X-Phi) represents a departure in methodology from standard twentieth-century philosophy; instead of privileging intuitions of professional philosophers to analyze philosophical concepts such as moral responsibility, knowledge, or intentional action, X-Phi catalogs and analyzes the intuitions of ordinary folk1 about scenarios designed to uncover the content of those concepts as found in standard usage. It formulates explanations of those intuitions that may reveal more complex and nuanced accounts of those same philosophical concepts. X-philosophers work to understand the (...)
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  4. Norah Mulvaney-Day & Catherine A. Womack (2009). Obesity, Identity and Community: Leveraging Social Networks for Behavior Change in Public Health. Public Health Ethics 2 (3):250-260.
    Obesity is a public health problem influenced by behavioral patterns that span an ecological spectrum of individual-level factors, social network factors and environmental factors. Both individual and environmental approaches necessarily include significant influences from social networks, but how and under what conditions social networks influence behavior change is often not clearly mapped out either in the obesity literature or in many intervention designs. In this paper, we provide an analysis of recent empirical work in obesity research that explicates social network (...)
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