If my sociology instructor has asked me to do a study of homelessness, I will choose the observation research technique because I think this method is the most useful to me. In definition, observation means collecting information through direct participation and/or by watching a group or community engaged, which means, this is a technique which researchers observe carefully the behaviors of people involved in their hypothesis.
James should then begin to make food choice changes and portion control, for example cutting out fatty foods and consuming large portions of food. It states in the case study that he does not pay attention to his diet and because he works long hours, he often skips meals and that he is not good at cooking. James will have to now pay a lot of attention to his diet because it is putting him at risk of serious health problems and the first thing he should do is look on the internet for food recipes. If James does not want to cook at all, he should order
In Michael Moss’ article, “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Food,” he discussed multiple methods food industries used to attract consumers to buy more of their products. He mentioned how multiple CEO’s of food companies discussed the health epidemic. He revealed, “Today, one in three adults is considered clinically obese, along with one in five kids, and 24 million Americans are afflicted by type 2 diabetes, often caused by poor diet”(476-477). Basically, Moss is stating that millions of Americans are at risk of or have type 2 diabetes because of the unhealthy choices in their diet. Similarly, in David Zinczenko’s article, “Don’t Blame the Eater,” Zinczenko blames food industries for the health epidemic. He stated, “But where, exactly, are
Nathan faced ethical questions in approaching this research project using an undercover method of observation: Did she lie to people? Was permission given by the university? How to handle the Research Board? Could she record her findings or conversations since she did not disclose her identity? Can an anthropologist really go “undercover”? These are a few of the concerns and criticisms the author faced during this project.
Nathan faced ethical questions in approaching this research project using an undercover method of observation: Did she lie to people? Was permission given by the university? How to handle the Research Board? Could she record her findings or conversations since she did not disclose her identity? Can an anthropologist really go “undercover”? These are a few of the concerns and criticisms the author faced during
In the article “Don’t Blame the Eater,” by David Zinczenko he argues that it is not always the consumer's fault that they consume food that is bad for them. Zinczenko tells a story of how when he was growing up he practically lived off of fast food. His parents were divorced. His father was always trying to get his life together and his mother worked very long hours. Due to this he didn't have many other options besides McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell or Pizza Hut. Zinczenko shows how fast food restaurants are more available than healthier options. He writes “Drive down any thoroughfare in America, and I guarantee you'll see one of our country's more than 13,000 McDonald's restaurants. Now, drive back up the block and try to find someplace to buy a grapefruit.” Today Type 2 diabetes makes up at least 30 percent of all new childhood cases of diabetes in the United States. This is a shocking increase
There are more fast food places to go to than there are supermarkets and grocery stores. David himself writes," I guarantee you'll see one of our country's more than 13,000 Mcdonald's restaurants. Now, drive back up the block and try to find someplace to buy a grapefruit." David points out the unequal balance of fast foods compared to healthier options throughout the nation. An individual can easily walk down the street and buy fast foods, but if they want to purchase healthier foods at a supermarket they will need to go farther away from home. These "food deserts" cause individuals like David to purchase from fast food restaurants due to the lack of healthy alternatives. Fast food joints are everywhere, an individual can walk down the street and locate at least 2-3 locations, but when asked where are the grocery stores they are nowhere in sight. Considering, the fact that low income communities have the highest rate of obesity, the lack of healthier options contributes to the obesity
Research is the scientific way to prove or disprove ideas. After researching the homeless, the impact that the research had on me was dramatic. I have learned that the declining economy, high costs of living, substance abuse, war, and every day activities can lead to homelessness. My attitude has changed in that I now believe that the homeless are susceptible to many types of abuse, illness, violence, and misconceptions. Some states have training for police officers on how to deal effectively and humanely with homeless people when they are the victims of crimes. Homeless groups or individuals are susceptible to many illnesses because of poor living conditions, unsanitary environments, and inability to pay for food or medications. According to Talukdar, A., Roy, K., Saha, I., Mitra, J., and Detels, R. (2008), “The homeless in the United States and in other countries are considered to be at high risk for
However, this is not the case as fast food restaurants are vastly spread increasing chances of ordering meals from them instead of cooking at home. This, however, is not a concrete reason to blame fast foods for the heightened levels of obesity in America. There are cases where people do not reside near fast food restaurants but take the time to travel to purchase the fast foods. Thus, it is clear that locality of fast food restaurant is not to reproach for the high levels of obesity in America, but the people bear the blame. People choose to walk into restaurants and order fast foods regularly amid the danger surrounding their decision (Davies, and Hiram 42).
The research method of participatory involvement from the homeless population will allow the researcher to observe and conduct one on one interviews with those who are willing to share their stories about how this situation escalated to being unable to meet their basic needs, shed light on their struggles, and assess the amount of assistance received from the outreach programs and institutions- whether good or bad. Secondly, online research will be done to analyzed to compare other boroughs to Hunts Point and find a recent census focused on the homeless population in the area. Third, and one of the intensive step will be to actively seek out employees of a charitable organization, local government authorities, and volunteer at local shelters by conducting surveys, participant observation, and interviews with verbal and written consent. Lastly, collected data will be analyzed and provide a recommendation on how to continue further with a practical
David Zinczenko’s article “Don’t Blame the Eater” states how he was obese as a child and that it was not his fault. He then goes into detail about diabetes and how teens are the main consumers of fast food. The title of the article “Don’t Blame the Eater” summarizes Zinczenko’s attitude of the article. Throughout the article he is blaming fast food joints for obesity and type two diabetes. Zinczenko also makes another point about fast food restaurants lacking on nutritional information on their food products.
Research today has limits and standards to protect study participants and researchers alike, all in an attempt to facilitate ethical data collection for reliable results. A universal research body, such as the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at UVM, governs these set values. However, early anthropological research often deviated from ethical standards and broke basic research rights. Such is the case with Zora Hurston’s compilation of collected stories in Mules and Men. After returning to her hometown in Florida, she begins listening to stories from locals, building a cultural interpretation of the locals. Continuing her studies, she travels to New Orleans to pursue research in Hoodoo, a sacred and protected practice. Her unethical approach breaches IRB standards regarding her methods of safety, consent, and confidentiality, violating the UVM Institutional Review Board’s human subjects protection guidelines.
The fast food industry provides quick, cheap, and easy access to foods that in the customers opinion, is very delicious, and affordable, however this food which millions of people around the world are constantly consuming, could actually cause major health problems, and weight gain in the long run. Major fast food companies throughout the world know what they are doing when it comes to marketing towards all types of people. Some people will find numerous different things to blame for the epidemic of fast food making individuals overweight. In recent research on, or discussions of the fast food industry having an effect on people's health, a controversial issue has been raised, and that is the fact that this problem affects not only