mbmh week 2 - Paul OMalley Public Health 160 Mental models...

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Paul O’Malley Public Health 160 9/29/11 Mental models are a very important part of our American society, and it is a term that I believe is not used enough in talking about people who are overweight. During class was the first time I had ever heard of the term, and I agree that there is a problem with how people are looked at in American Society. Everyone wants to look and act like their favorite model or athlete, and often take drastic, sometimes unhealthy, measures to achieve this goal. It is because of our pro skinny mental models that many people face problems with issues like bulimia and other dangerous diets. Being viewed as “good-looking” means that you are skinny, tan, have perfect teeth, and are athletic. These “good-looking” people can often be found on beaches or on the backs of yachts lounging and drinking all day. It is images like this that cause people to want to look good and will push their bodies to the physical limits to become their dream image. Overdosing on
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