Behaviour, Environment or Body: Three Discourses on Obesity

  • Tsjalling SwierstraEmail author
Part of the The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics book series (LEAF, volume 18)


To this present day, assessing the ethical, legal and social implications of genomics is by and large assessing the future. Most of the implications of genomics have yet to manifest them selves. How will society be affected by applications of genomics to obesity, medicine and food? How will ethics be affected? To start answering these questions we cannot but begin in the present. The society we belong to forms the cradle of the new genomics and the medium in which the implications of genomics will manifest themselves. Existing social, cultural, moral and economic constellations co-determine the shape, speed and direction of future technological developments.


Healthy Weight Excess Body Weight Obese Person Moral Condemnation Weight Problem 
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I want to thank Henk van den Belt, Michiel Korthals and Jozef Keulartz for their input and comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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