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Haley Rieger February 11, 2008 SOC 302: 46260 Child Obesity and the Sociological Imagination In 2002, data showed that 15 percent of children and teens are considered overweight, a number that has more than tripled since 1980 (Liakos 1). Why? Well, the obvious answer would be that kids are eating too much and not exercising enough. If one were to look at the issue through a sociological perspective, they could see that there are factors in society which cause a child to do these things, or not do, in the case of exercising. By using the sociological imagination and looking at the interplay between child obesity and society, one is able to provide a better understanding for as why child obesity is on the rise in America. The sociological imagination, created is described as the ability to connect personal troubles to public issues in society, and also to connect public issues to their human meaning. The term, sociological imagination, refers to the ability to imagine and understand the interplay between personal issues and social structures in history. In order
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