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In defense of the medical model of obesity

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Is obesity a health problem? While most public health organisations and medical researchers seem to consider the rising obesity rates as a major health crisis, some critics remain unconvinced. They view the pathologisation of body fat as an ideological construct. In this talk (based on joint work with Jonathan Sholl) I aim to defend the current medical models of obesity and the view that obesity is a serious health problem. Moreover, while the critics often see medical models of obesity as an important source of stigma, these models might actually help to combat stigma and to increase empathy.

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminars in History and Philosophy of Science series.

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