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Obesity is a problem that affects virtually every person on the planet. Everyone knows someone who is overweight or they themselves are overweight. In this research paper we will be looking at the topic of obesity and the social ramifications that it holds. We will first look at obesity in a broad way. Then we will focus on obesity and its effects on children. And finally, obesity and adulthood will be covered. The topic of obesity is important to the field of sociology because obese people make up a significant portion of the world's population. In addition, the manner in which obese people are treated has a significant effect on society as a whole.
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I could run two miles. At sixteen I was 5'4", weighed 145 pounds and had a 32-inch waist" (Solovay 2000, 31).

Sometimes it is the people that are closest to a person that hurt them the most. The medical profession focuses heavily on the elimination of fat despite the fact that numerous studies have shown that weight-loss efforts during childhood are largely unsuccessful and can be harmful both physically and psychologically (Solovay 200, 38). Children often replace their childhood goals with the improbable aim of lasting weight loss. Success rates for childhood dieting with long lasting weight loss have been determined to be around two to five percent (Solovay 2000, 38). Parents are often urged by medical professionals to put their children on low-calorie or very low-calorie diets with the good intention of long lasting weight loss. Unfortunately reduced calorie diets often open the gateway to disordered eating. Altering metabolism and affecting normal satiety signals are common repercussions of childhood dieting (Solovay 2000, 39). According to Bill Fabrey, founder of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, "Surveys reveal that children as young as the fourth grade are dieting, and are developing eating disorders. Yet public health statistics tell us there is an ever-increasing proportion of fat kids in the population, despite well-intentioned efforts by millions of parents to encourage weight loss in their offspring. Obviously

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