Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

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Ethics of Weight Loss Promotion in Public Health

  • Andrea BombakEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_575-1



Obesity (BMI ≥30) is presented as a major public concern, given its association with multiple chronic diseases. Obese persons are encouraged to lose weight through weight loss dieting and exercising despite long-standing evidence that weight loss dieting does not result in sustained weight loss. Weight loss promotion is premised on the notion that obesity is a product of a simplistic energy imbalance model, i.e., calories in exceeding calories out that can be easily manipulated to produce a ‘normal weight’ (Gard and Wright 2005). This focus persists despite advancements in obesity science that complicate the simplistic energy imbalance model in terms of population and individual weight trajectories. While the dangers of obesity and the benefits of weight loss are often depicted in the media as incontrovertible, there is considerable debate concerning both of...


Obese Individual Weight Loss Promotion Weight Loss Diet Diabetes Prevention Study Moderate Weight Loss 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Community Health EducationCentral Michigan University School of Health SciencesMt. PleasantUSA