Flash forward twenty years and he sprawls across his

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nights and hung over evenings, the man’s mother slid sandwiches beneath his bedroom door. Flash forward twenty years, and he sprawls across his bedroom devouring sandwiches at an unprecedented rate. Analyzing said victim’s obese scenario through a psychodynamic lens reveals profound, unconscious links. As he craved a parental relationship, he used junk food (and sandwiches) to fill the void. In his mind, sandwiches were his mother, the physical embodiment of maternal affection. Each time the man binged on sandwiches, his unconscious mind designated food as the parental love he never received. In other words, the more the man ate, the more love he felt at a subconscious level. This was love he desperately craved but never received. Without realizing it, the man was tangled in the midst of an immense psychological, emotional, and physical mess; obesity. However, psychodynamic psychologists examine and aid the man to live free of unconscious foot holds. By examining unconscious links, a psychodynamic lens has the ability to rule out deleterious behaviors. The most relevant of the psychosocial perspectives, a sociocultural lens provides unique insight on obesity. The social cultural lens investigates behaviors by analyzing society, including
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the effects of media and cultural expectations on individuals. Whether it the popularization of fast food to unhealthy traditions, obesity occurs when outside forces enable dangerous decisions. Hidden amongst the mountains of Mauritania, African girls face morbid obesity at a deadly scale. Here, imobile obesity is a beautiful that has existed for numerous generations. Fed up to sixteen thousand calories a day (Russia Today), Mauritian ancestors forcibly feed girls abhorrent concoctions of coconut oil, goats milk, and millet. Food shoved down their throats from age four, Mauritian wives endure excruciating pain for stretch marks, fat rolls, and neuropathic swelling, the perfect woman in the eyes of Indian men. Mauritian society has embraced fat women since the Moors inhabited the nation over three centuries ago. Obesity ingrained into their culture, it is a remarkable achievement. Poverty continually ravasing the area, fattened wives are a glorious sight; a trophy of economic status. Though Africa attempts to prevent obesity from claiming over one third of their citizens, “the custom of funneling rich food into girls like geese farmed for foie gras is once again thriving unchecked” (Marie Claire 1), Mauritian traditions deeply instilled into generations of women. Even if “Aish”, a fat-inducing hormone herb, kills toddlers overnight or if girls are fed until their stomach rips, the nation shows no sign of stopping; women must be ripened for marriage.Though trapped girls beg for the gruesome regimen to stop, social cultural psychologists can only advocate for change by analyzing the profound effect of culture, media, and tradition on obesity.
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