Space-age snake oil. Obesity and consumer fraud

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Abstract

We physicians must learn to examine the morbid effects of obesity with the same keen skepticism and scientific approach that we apply to other issues in medicine. This is especially true in view of the hazy definition of overweight, the cultural bias against the obese, and the possible harmful effects of therapy. Until more objective studies clarify the risks of obesity, we are obliged to alert our patients to the potential dangers of diets and other weight-loss schemes and to do so with the same enthusiasm with which we now adjure them to lose weight. Such a return to reason is urgent if we are to curtail the quacksters who victimize the obese and to mitigate the enormous pressures that now propel misguided individuals into harming or even killing themselves in trying to reduce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-240
Number of pages10
JournalPostgraduate Medicine
Volume78
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985

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