Genomics, Obesity and the Struggle over Responsibilities

  • Michiel Korthals

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Concepts of Genomics and Obesity; What Can Genomics Imply for Society?

  4. Futures, Genetic Testing and Enhancement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Tsjalling Swierstra, Jozef Keulartz
      Pages 97-112
    3. Maartje Schermer
      Pages 131-148
  5. Cultural Framing of Genomics-Obesity in The Netherlands and Italy

  6. Food and Health: Toward a Happy Match of Genomics, Obesity and Values

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Michiel Korthals
      Pages 227-241
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 243-249

About this book


This volume addresses the overlapping aspects of the fields of genomics, obesity and (food) ethics. It is unique in its examination of the implications of genomics for obesity from an ethical perspective. Genomics covers the sciences and technologies involved in the pathways that DNA takes until the organism is completely built and sustained: the range of genes (DNA), transcriptor factors, enhancers, promoters, RNA (copy of DNA), proteins, metabolism of cell, cellular interactions, organisms. Genomics offers a holistic approach, which, when applied to obesity, can have surprising and disturbing implications for the existing networks tackling this phenomenon and for fundamental ethical notions, strategies and practices. In the book several strategies to match genomics, obesity, society and ethics are studied, and a happy match is proposed based on a pragmatist ethical framework. The ethical framework presented is inspired by the interaction between a procedural perspective emphasizing the necessity of consultative and participatory organizational relationships in the new interfaces between (nutri)genomics, medicine and food, and a substantive perspective that both cherishes individual autonomy and embeds it in socio-cultural contexts.


Anti-Obesity-Pills Autonomy Body Mass Index Cellular Cosmetic Medicine Cultural DNA Economic Enhancement Medicine Ethical Perspective Financial Food Professionals Genes Genetic Testing Genomics Gluttony Gluttony Health Problems Healthy Life Metabolism Negative Medical Consequences Nutrigenomics Obesity Organisms Proteins Public Health Social Environment Traditional Ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Michiel Korthals
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied PhilosophyWageningen UniversityWageningenNetherlands

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