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The epidemiology of overweight and obesity: public health crisis or moral panic?
Campos, P, Saguy, A, Ernsberger, P, Oliver, E, Gaesser, G

2005 - Source: International Journal of Epidemiology

 

The current scientific evidence should prompt health professionals and policy makers to consider whether it makes sense to treat body weight as a barometer of public health. It should also make us pause to consider how propagating the idea of an ‘obesity epidemic’ furthers the political and economic interests of certain groups, while doing immense damage to those whom it blames and stigmatizes. 

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