Obesity is a problem that affects virtually every person on the planet. Everyone knows someone who is overweight or they themselves are overweight. In this research paper we will be looking at the topic of obesity and the social ramifications that it holds. We will first look at obesity in a broad way. Then we will focus on obesity and its effects on children. And finally, obesity and adulthood will be covered. The topic of obesity is important to the field of sociology because obese people make up a significant portion of the world?s population. In addition, the manner in which obese people are treated has a significant effect on society as a whole.
Before going into too much detail, it is first necessary that we have a good understanding of what exactly obesity is and its prominence in society. ?Obesity is understood to be a complex disease requiring multi-faceted treatment. Obesity can contribute to many adverse health outcomes, called co-morbidities. These include diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease? (Atkinson 1999). According to the American Medical Association, being obese means that 30% of your ideal body weight is constituted by
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