The concept of sociological imagination is relevant to the current human life

The concept of sociological imagination is relevant

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The concept of sociological imagination is relevant to the current human life. According to Mills, although personal troubles such as depression, lack of purpose, marital challenges, unemployment and being obese can be seen as personal challenges, it is conceivable to look at these issues from the moral, psychological and personal aspects of life (Little, 2020). By so doing, one has to critique the issue from the individual's close milieu as well as those of the individual. This explanation perhaps provides insights into why people in an individualist world such as the current one view things the way they do. Thus, the sociological imagination is crucial because it unveils social problems. Mills explains that when the private challenges are common among many people, then they illustrate a problem within the social life structuring (Little, 2020). Therefore, the problems cease to be viewed as personal but rather, reflect public problems that need to be resolved collectively. One public health issue that can be viewed from the sociological imagination is obesity. Obesity is a public health issue that is common among adults and children in North America. As of 2012, in Canada, "just under one in five adults (18.4%) were obese, up from 16% of men and 14.5% of women in 2003" (Little, 2020, p.1). Obesity is not just a simple individual challenge connected to a lack of exercise, dietary practices, and medical issues rather; it is an extensive social problem that exposes individuals to health illnesses such as cardiovascular illnesses, diabetes, and hypertension. As such, the high rate of obesity cases can be viewed as a result of the cumulative stressful and sedentary lifestyle of the current capitalistic world (Little, 2020). Notably, the growth of food processing industries has availed a lot of cheap food rich in calories. Additionally, the production of cheap and lucrative additives such as corn syrups as opposed to the natural sugars results in the high demand for fast foods and soft beverages. Therefore, the issue of obesity is not just an individual's problem but also an accumulation of a myriad of issues in society on food chain industrialization. This power relationship has changed the relationship between the environment and human beings as well as the way people eat and the types of food they consume. Hence, the sociological perspective helps people to understand the power structures that influence culture, attitudes, and behavior.
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Secondly, the strain on the public health systems due to the aging population can be explained from the sociological imagination perspective. In the past 60 years, the world has evolved into the "aged community" (Ossewaarde, M. (2014). Ossewaarde (2014) demonstrates that in the next 40years, in highly industrialized countries, more than one-third of the population will be more than 65 years, with 80% of that population being above 80years. From the individual issues, people will experience pressure as they begin to spend more on health care services due to the
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