Among the worst ills we inflict on ourselves are those that emerge only after prolonged exposure to the abuses that cause them. The abuses continue unchecked because the victims are unaware of, or are not impressed by, the consequences. Smoking and alcohol abuse are beginning to be controlled in the United States even though they are refractory habits reinforced by mechanisms that are poorly understood. Reductions in these abuses may be in part due to education of the public, but are probably more the result of organized social pressure. Demands for nonsmoking areas in airplanes and in restaurants, and for
The Risks from Obesity. Ann Intern Med. 1985;103:949–950. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-6-949
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