Q. Hello, I am a student at Bioscience High school and I am doing a project on obesity, and one of the questions I stumbled upon were the potential ethical dilemas posed by obesity. If you could please help me out with this question, thanks.
A. Obesity, as with any health related topic, will have potential ethical dilemmas. Ethical considerations for obesity may cover a wide range of issues. A few subjects to look into for your project may be how society views obesity and the struggles obese people have functioning every day. Are seats at stadiums and on airplanes accommodating for obese individuals? How does society identify with people that are obese? Is there a need to control what people eat or drink? Would this be an ethical practice? I encourage you to do some research by talking to local healthcare workers, search the internet with your parents’ permission for obesity based discrimination materials, and read professional journal articles on obesity based ethics available online or at your local library. A plethora of information is available. Good luck with your project.