A Sociological View of Obesity Analytical Essay by Nicky

A Sociological View of Obesity
A discussion on obesity from a sociological outlook.
# 148498 | 2,261 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2011 in Medical and Health (Eating Disorders) , Sociology (General) , Nutrition (General)

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This is a sociological research paper. The paper discusses obesity from the three main sociological perspectives: functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism. Continuing on, the paper looks at the impact of obesity on a society and also the possible solutions to the current obesity epidemic.

Obesity in the U.S.
Societal Considerations and Social Perspectives
Impact of Variables
Obesity on Society

From the Paper:

"These high rates of obesity raise concern because of their implications for the health of Americans. Obesity increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions. These include: coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon), hypertension (high blood pressure), dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides), stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint), and gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility) (Overweight and obesity, 2009).
Total health spending accounted for 15.3% of GDP in the United States in 2006, the highest share in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and more than six percentage points higher than the average of 8.9% in OECD countries (OECD, 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blackburn, G., & Walker, W. (2005). Science-based solutions to obesity: what are the roles of academia, government, industry, and health care? American journal of clinical nutrition , 259-261.
  • Blackwell Publishing. (2007, August 2). Rise of obesity exacerbated by 'social multiplier' effects. Retrieved April 16, 2009, from Science daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070801112150.htm
  • Cawley, J., Olson, C., & Wilkins, J. (2008). Obesity research in the college. Human ecology (peer-reviewed) , 19.
  • Economic impact of obesity. (2008). Retrieved April 16, 2009, from Yale univeristy Rudd center: http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/what_we_do.aspx?id=82
  • How to cut out obesity. (2004, May 31). New Statesman (peer-reviewed) , pp. 6-7.

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