Moral issues in doctor-patient interactions about obesity

This week, I attended a seminar presented by Helen Webb on perceptions of obesity and the importance of analysing patient-health professional perception of the condition.  Helena described the importance of looking at obesity less from the angle directed by the word’s medical definition, and more towards sociological undertones.  I particularly enjoyed the parts of the presentation that discussed the moral and political models of obesity, often fed to us by media and popular culture. These have contributed to the ways we shape success, achievement and creditworthy behaviour in relation the obesity and weight loss.