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.

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