Society’s Impact on Obesity 1
Society’s Impact on Obesity
June 02, 2010
Axia College of University of Phoenix
Obesity is on the rise in the Nation and society’s way of dealing with it is to ridicule, criticize, and blame the overweight person for their problem. CNBC reports that “ two out of three Americans are overweight (2010)”, and what society does not realize is that even though some people can control their weight problem with diet and exercise, there are others that cannot either because of genetic or medical problems that contribute to their obesity. Too many people in today’s society are cruel and unfair to the overweight individual in terms of trying to seek jobs, get medical insurance, or even providing clothing to fit. These issues and more can lead to even more problems for the overweight person. Obesity is not simply a problem of overeating it can also be a problem associated with low self-esteem, as well as other psychological and medical reasons that could include sexual abuse and dysfunctional relationships. Some people who are obese use eating as a way to cope with problems that affect them in everyday life. Some obese persons may endure problem behaviors such as eating disorders (bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa) and depression because of the scrutiny from society to be thin. According to The New Harvard Guide to Women “ afraid of being judged, some obese only nibble on acceptable low calorie foods when they eat in front of others, and make up the difference by binge eating in secret”(Para.12, 2004).It is wrong to assume that because someone is overweight they eat too much. That is not always the case. Sometimes the body just does not work right. There are a number of medical reasons that can cause someone to become overweight. Hypothyroidism, Cushings Disease, and even Diabetes are some medical causes of obesity. “The thyroid is responsible for...
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