Problem

False medicalization

Other Names:
Politically motivated diagnostic labelling
Unwarranted disease specification
Nature:

Medical problems are taken seriously by the public. Thus if one wishes for political or other reasons to draw attention to, receive funding for work on, or eradicate a problem, it may be useful to give the problem medical status or a medical label. Those whose lives are caught up with the problem, including students of it, may be unwittingly biased toward giving it a high status label.

Claim:

The controversial associations between obesity, diabetes and heart disease may be due in part to a desire of some medical researchers to eradicate obesity. Obesity is frowned upon culturally in the Western world. By giving it the status of a medical disorder and interpreting research results to link it to disease, the medical profession justifies a war on obesity and its treatment with drugs.

 

Broader Problems:
Unprofessional science
Related Problems:
Obesity
Stereotypes
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
20.12.2017 – 18:14 CET