Nature and Extent of the Problem

Nature and Extent of the Problem - Nature and Extent of the...

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Nature and Extent of the Problem: Historically we have believed in an unhealthy, often unachievable, archetype of beauty that is tied into status and how we treat others. These traits are dependent on both genes and class status. The Venus of Wallendorf is an excellent example: she was corpulent to the point of obesity and was considered the epitome of beauty. In a feudal society where most of the population ate little and did hard physical labor, thus they were thin and/or muscular. The wealthy minority feasted constantly and engaged in little physical activity, thus they were fat. Obesity is incredibly unhealthy and causes many health problems (diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, etc.) but people idolized it anyway because it was a status symbol. Now with the amount of processed foods we eat it costs more to pay for healthy, fresh, and especially organic, foods. Additionally most people do not work in hard physical labor so they must pay for a gym membership or sports equipment to stay in shape. Thus, being wealthy affords a larger chance of having the means to be thin. Extreme thinness has become what is considered beautiful. As humans we strive for
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