From Dr. Sean Philpott’s wordpress blog dated January 10, 2013 (Bioethicist, Director of Research Ethics for the Bioethics Program of Union Graduate College-Mt. Sinai School of Medicine)….I am sharing in anticipation of my manuscript that I will post that will use the vehicle of autoethnography to explore the complexity inherent to my personal failings, public displays of fatness, and the moral struggles that ensue.
For many Americans, the New Year is often a time to look back on both the successes and failures of the past. More importantly, it is also a time to look forward and to think about the changes we want or need to make in order to live happier and healthier lives.
Given that two-thirds of Americans are now classified as overweight or obese, is it any wonder that the top resolution for 2013 (and for 2012, and 2011, and 2010) is to lose weight. For most of us, this means eating less and exercising more. For some, this is a much more radical undertaking that can involve rather invasive procedures like gastric bypass surgery or (in the near future) the use of an AspireAssist: a mechanical pump that actually drains the stomach contents through a hole inserted through the abdominal wall.
We are a nation of fat people, and…
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