To the Editor An issue of JAMA Pediatrics included an interesting article by Anderson and Whitaker entitled “Association of Self-regulation With Obesity in Boys vs Girls in a US National Sample.”1 While it is important to acknowledge that obesity is a complex phenomenon that involves the interplay of genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors, this article, especially read out of context, risks overstating the boundaries of individual agency.
Lim J. Implications of Agency in Studies of Self-regulation and Obesity. JAMA Pediatr. Published online December 10, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.4351
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