Soc 5 obesity paper

Soc 5 obesity paper - Chrissy Castellano Soc 5 February...

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Chrissy Castellano Soc 5 February 26 th , 2008 Obesity paper Obesity: My fault or Your’s ? The question prompt for this paper is regarding obesity: is it a personal or social problem? The answer would seem self-explanatory: adults control their diet—therefore, eat too much without exercise and get fat. Thus, obesity is a personal problem, right? This is where the definition becomes hazy. To classify overweight and obesity exclusively as a personal or social problem is similar to the dilemma of classifying iPod- related hearing loss as a personal or social problem. The issue with both obesity and iPod hearing loss is that both afflictions are both personal and social problems. Regina G. Lawrence, author of Framing Obesity , presents an interesting conundrum regarding obesity: who or what is causing this widespread epidemic? Essentially, who is to blame and what can be done. The issue runs much deeper than simply blaming someone for consuming too much and moving too little. Is it due to the constant barrage of food advertisements, the availability of quick-serve, high-calorie foods, the (presumed) affordability of such options and the choice to partake in the consumption of said foods? Or, could the issue be a problem that goes beyond personal control, and is influenced by the environment in which one lives—are we literally forced to become overweight? In class, a social problem was defined in two ways. One is an individual problem that is so consequential that it becomes a social problem, and the second is an individual problem that is so prevalent that it becomes a social problem. A personal problem is just that—an issue that is caused by the error of the person. According to the Center for
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Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the “body mass index” (BMI)…an adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight… an adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese,” (CDC). To further clarify, at five feet-ten inches and 175 pounds, an individual is considered to be overweight. The same five foot-ten inch person is considered to be obese at 210 pounds, ( The numbers do vary for men and women and should only be used for adults. According to Lawrence’s Framing Obesity , “more than 60 percent of Americans are now overweight, and…at least 25 percent are obese,” (Lawrence 2). Clearly, the issue of obesity has upgraded from merely a personal problem and into a social problem. Now, another key issue: who is to blame? It is far too easy to simply say that someone
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