Research: Theories of Weight Bias

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A Defense of Collective Responsibility Within the context of the obesity epidemic today, the finger of blame is most often cast in the direction of individual responsibility towards health maintenance. This reasoning, however, is ineffective, as it evokes shame upon those struggling with weight management, suggesting their weakness and/or poor self-control, and is a source of lax governmental intervention. When we consider the externalities at force which manipulate eating habit and choice, it’s found that general lack of food knowledge, corporate behavior, and biological mechanisms severely compromise the concept of free-will. Thus, the issue of obesity is a matter of collective responsibility, in which a multitude of factors exist to…show more content…
These children age with this ill impression. They are next granted food liberties, and shape their diets around inclination towards unhealthy foods. In consequence, our nation’s adults are children in terms of dietary awareness, and teenagers in terms of dietary inclination. With diets shaped by the force that lack of knowledge lends, and bodies shaped by consequentially poor diets, we can easily gather that there is no fairness in blaming an individual for their weight. It is simply not justifiable to blame a person for not possessing the skills they were never taught. After all, can a person be blamed for answering a math problem wrong when they were never taught the math? Can a child be blamed for spelling a word wrong when they’ve never seen it spelled before? Applied, this is a principle that testifies against the validity of “individual responsibility”. Evidence that further erodes the precepts of individual responsibility is increasingly visible when we consider the highly influential impact of food marking and advertising serves on our minds and our diet. Manipulated Minds, Manipulated Diets The food industry today is deliberate in the way that is chooses to advertise its products. In collaboration with the cunning tact of marketing leaders, they play a major influence in our food environment by configuring our beliefs on what foods
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