Are we responsible for our lifestyle diseases?

Within the last couple of decades more and more research have shown a number of diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, to be associated with particular lifestyle
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Within the last couple of decades more and more research have shown a number of diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, to be associated with particular lifestyle characteristics such as smoking, lack of exercise, and over-eating. Confronted with such research, it is timely to raise questions about individual responsibility for getting those diseases (or the increased risk thereof), and to think closer about issues such as blame, stigma, and economic burdens. For instance, a 2011 Danish study asked Danes whether weight loss surgery should be financed by the obese themselves (or the state). 46.5% responded yes, and 20.3% responded that they did not know. Most interestingly, however, 74.5% of those who responded that weight loss surgery should be financed by the obese themselves also responded that if there is evidence that the patient is not responsible for the obesity, then they would change their mind. The common sense causal conception of responsibility Are. . .

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