Questioning the ethics of promoting weight loss in clinical practice

Canadian Journal of Bioethics / Revue canadienne de bioéthique 3 (1):95-98 (2020)
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This case study considers the ethical defensibility of recommending weight loss as a treatment for patients with higher body mass indexes. Recommending weight loss may be motivated by clinicians’ biases toward people living in larger bodies, misperceptions about weight and its relevancy to overall health, and a failure to consider other ethical factors such as those related to equity and the social determinants of health.



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Andria Bianchi
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