February 13, 2013
Obesity in America
Obesity has become a real problem in the USA. It is shown to be linked to many health problems. In the article, Obesity: An Overview by Ellen Bailey and Ann Griswold PhD., the authors discuss the history of obesity, as well as obesity today. They believe that obesity is a big problem in America and something needs to be done about it. "Obesity has been linked to a number of health problems, including diabetes and heart disease; however, the social problems facing obese people are often overlooked" (1) states the authors. Obesity is basically killing people slowly. It all depends on what health problem you end up with. They also express that, "Overweight children, in particular, can be socially and psychologically harmed by their peers’ criticisms about their weight” (1).The child’s peers’ criticisms may hurt their feelings and the child may be emotionally harmed on the inside. The child may turn to self-harm if the criticisms go too far. The child could feel like no one wants them around because they are overweight. Also, some children might want to do something about their weight so that the criticism stops. Bailey and Griswold do a good job organizing this article together. The article is in chorological order, up to date, clear, persuasive, and factual, but it is not backed by citation. Bailey and Griswold give a basic overview of obesity and then they go through the history of obesity. The history is dated back to the 1700s. "Throughout much of the 1700s and 1800s, women were expected to be full-figured, in the manner of the nudes painted by seventeenth-century Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens" (2) express the authors. The women in Rubens’ paintings were bigger girls. The girls were not real skinny and they had some fat on them. Society has different views on each century of obesity. Society goes back and forth on views. Women would want to have thin bodies and then they would want to have...