Obesity Genomics: Struggle Over of Responsibilities

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


Lots of agencies, actors and stakeholders are connected in a network that consists of at least three constellations: one that emphasizes behaviour, a second that has the social contexts as its core, and a third that centers on the body. Many actors are responsible and blame each other. Genomics is creating new opportunities and eliminating others: it does not hold individual personally responsible (so it deviates form the first constellations), although it stresses the importance of life styles. To unpack these blaming games, we will turn to philosophies of responsibility. First we discuss the causal theory that stresses the causal connection between an event and an actor in delineating responsibility; subsequently the theory of role responsibility, which stresses the guideline of not doing harm by performing your job according to the best practice, which has been fixed in the past.


Unhealthy Food Causal Theory Obese Person Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Junk Food 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied PhilosophyWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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