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Savage Inequality 1. The social-conflict paradigm views society as an arena of inequality that generates conflict and change. Greg Critser as an investigator of the American obesity epidemic also views the society as an arena of inequality where the epidemic has been generated. Critser noted that although the crisis of obesity was crossing it’s boundaries over the poor classes and into the middle and upper-middle classes, the most consistent numbers of being overweight still concerned the poor classes and working classes. Among these classes the epidemic was extensive. Class and income confounded by culture, race and gender were related to the concentration of the obesity. Ethnicity, immigration statuses were both related to the socio- economic status of Americans. For instance Blacks who were still not caught up to their white counterparts economically were more obese than their counterparts. Immigrants who were also more concerned with making ends meet than their physical fitness saw exercise as a waster of time. But regardless of race, ethnicity and gender, the concentration of the obese still resided in the poorest sections of our nation. Those who were poor lived in towns with poor physical and economic infrastructures. The town where they lived didn’t have safe playgrounds; which limited their children from playing outside hence they were confined to watching TV. These working and poor classes didn’t have access to high-quality, low-cost food. Hence these families usually where both parents worked who had less time settled for fast-foods and frozen foods that were practical. These poor neighborhoods also didn’t provide its inhabitants with access or transportations to recreational facilities even if it did these families were preoccupied with finances to even think about fitness. Even if these families wanted to join recreational facilities, they couldn’t because these opportunities become class-based. Due to proposition 13’s budget- cuts and the government’s emphasis on academics, the children’s physical activated decreased as a result, the remaining physical activities became class-based. In America’s most affluent suburbs, the trend of private-gym memberships soared and then a new sports teams for children emerged. Poor neighborhoods didn’t have such opportunities, the working and poor classes didn’t have the time or money to join private- gyms and they didn’t have the time to drive their children to sports clubs twice every week. As result fitness became a class-based luxury and fitness in America was to be purchased even for children. 2. The sociological imagination argues that an individual understand the history of their society and it’s function and then see themselves as part of the society instead of isolating themselves from society. After acquiring the history one should place themselves in that society and participate in public issues. The text illustrates that the importance of this social integration in the examination of the obesity crisis. The text argued that in the 1990s, public intellectuals dealing
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