Obesity : What Is Eating Me?

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Obesity: What is Eating Me?
Jonathan Griffin

Introduction to Sociology

Instructor: Beth Stewart
March 06, 2017

Obesity in this country has reached epidemic proportions. The physical, emotional, and socio-economic effects of obesity make it a concern, because it links us to many of the maladies that are killing us. Obesity is a symptom of a more important issue, the manipulation of our food source. We have reached the point in this country where eating a balanced diet does not ensure, nor equate to good nutrition and health. Multinational corporations codify production, and processes the food that make people unhealthy; at a profit. In essence, what we eat may be what is eating away our health.
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Physicians believe, “Very obese children have been observed to suffer serious health problems which were once believed to affect only older adults, including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, arthritis, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and depression. Additionally, physicians feel unsuccessful in treating obesity, largely because of noncompliance, and lack of motivation by patients, and or their support networks.” (CDC, 2012e).
The stigma of obesity has a negative effect on the community. A recent study concluded obese individuals are often bullied, and report high levels of weight discrimination in their everyday lives. “Clear and consistent stigmatization, and in some cases discrimination, can be documented in three important areas of living: employment, education, and health care. Among the findings are that 28% of teachers in one study said that becoming obese is the worst thing that can happen to a person; 24% of nurses said that they are “repulsed” by obese persons; and, controlling for income and grades, parents provide less college support for their overweight than for their thin children.” (Puhl, & Brownell, 2001) Other, undocumented incidents include employers who assume that the obese are lazy, lack stamina, and may not be up to doing many physical tasks.
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