Posted by: shoji | August 29, 2007

Medicalization and moralization of obesity

Dr. Lustig (UCSF) emphasizes the multifactorial nature of obesity. He scolds the drug companies, in the quote below, but we should all heed his advice. It’s not just nutrition or exercise or culture or … it’s all of the above. In the future, drugs may be part of the solution (note the rise in bariatric surgery), but let’s not think there’s a magic bullet.

clipped from money.cnn.com
Lustig has harsh words for the current approach to Big Pharma’s war on fat. “Too many obesity researchers think obesity is one problem,” declares Lustig. “But obesity is not a disease or a behavior. It’s a phenotype (a trait or characteristic present in a subset of the population), which is a manifestation of many things. We need personalized diagnosis and treatment targeted to the individual patient. There will never be a one-size-fits-all solution. I wish the drug companies understood this.”

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