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What Is (And Isn't) Healthism, Jessica L. Roberts, Elizabeth Weeks Leonard Apr 2016

What Is (And Isn't) Healthism, Jessica L. Roberts, Elizabeth Weeks Leonard

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What does it mean to discriminate on the basis of health status? Health is, of course, relevant in a number of ways. It can speak to the length of our lives, our ability to perform mentally and physically, our need for health care, and our risk of injury and incapacity. But the mere relevance of a particular attribute does mean that considering it should be legally permissible. Moreover, the potential harms that may result from health-status discrimination raise important moral questions. This Essay explores when differentiating on the basis of health is socially acceptable and, by contrast, when it is ...