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Felicia Jolly English 101 Section 063 Wicker October 10, 2005 Paper 2 Literature Review on Racial and Social Class In-Groups In the 1960s, race and racism were the top two things on peoples’ minds. Everywhere people of race went they were constantly met with signs of discrimination and hatred. Even Caucasian people were met with discrimination from people. It was impossible for an African-American family to live their lives peacefully without some form of harassment. Many lives were lost on both sides of the battle and it was a very troubling time in America’s history. Today there is still racism out in the world but nowhere near at the level seen in the 1960s. Researchers have taken an interest in racism to see how it affects people in different ways, mainly their health. They also compare this with the person’s social class to get a better understanding of their life and how things affect them in a more specific way. Research so far has shown that a person’s race and social class will have affects on their health in different ways. Racism and discrimination seem to have the greatest influence on peoples’ health and their health was affected in many differing ways. Different views of peoples’ health were studied and observed as a result of race, racism, and their social class. The first article “Racial and socioeconomic differences in the weight-loss experiences of obese women” looked over the affects that race and social class would have on obese women’s experiences with weight-loss programs. It was
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Jolly 2 written by Esa Davis, Jeanne Clark, Joseph Carrese, Tiffany Gary, and Lisa Cooper. The authors have affiliations with the Department of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH; the Department of Medicine and the Welch Center for Prevention at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD; and the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The article was written for the September 2005 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. This article focused on six themes for obese white and African American women that were in different socioeconomic statuses. The researchers asked them about the different aspects of weight-loss including cost, psychology, spiritual life, family influences, culture influences, and the maintenance of the weight-loss. Their debates from their findings are against society & its beliefs on women and their weight (Davis, Clark, Carrese, Gary, Cooper, 2005). The main thing that all women had in common was the fact that they had all tried weight-loss through different methods but the end result was weight cycling and relapse (Davis et.al., 2005, 1540). While subculture plays a main part in the weight-loss of African American women, societal expectations play a major part on both white and African American women of all social classes, according to the researchers. African American women of all social classes found it difficult to keep the weight off because of their culture. Things
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This essay was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Cornett during the Fall '08 term at N.C. State.

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