Obesity: A Problem of Darwinian Proportions?

Suzanne Watnick

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Obesity has been described as an abnormality arising from the evolution of man, who becomes fat during the time of perpetual plenty. From the perspective of "Darwinian Medicine," if famine is avoided, obesity will prevail. Problems regarding obesity arise within many disciplines, including socioeconomic environments, the educational system, science, law, and government. This article will discuss various ethical aspects of several disciplines regarding obesity, with a focus on scientific inquiry. We will discuss this within the categories: (1) chronic kidney disease predialysis, (2) dialysis, and (3) renal transplantation. This article aims to help nephrologists and their patients navigate through the ethical aspects of obesity and chronic kidney disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428-432
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in Chronic Kidney Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Obesity
  • bioethics
  • chronic kidney disease
  • dialysis
  • kidney transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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