FC: Obesity | by Amy Hastings | Large Man on unbalanced plank, photographer 237, Ocean/Corbis from CorbisImages.com
1: Visual Essay by Amy Hastings Social Problems
2: Obesity is a very serious and rising problem in America's society. It is something that many people in our country are faced with every single day. In the last 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people who are considered obese. In a country where being fit and thin is highly regarded, obesity is a growing social problem.
3: Obese man's heart attack, date unknown, photographer Roger Harris, Roger Harris/Science Photo Library, Corbis
4: The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 30 percent of American adults, or one-third of the country's population is obese. A person is considered obese if they have a body mass index of 30 percent or more. Obesity creates health and psychological risks for people. The health risks associated with obesity are diabetes, stroke, heart problems, arthritis, sleep disorders and even cancer. There are currently 300,000 obesity related deaths per year.
5: Man measuring his stomach, date 1985, photographer Dan Lamont, Dan Lamont/Corbis
6: Comparison of the bodies of overweight and healthy men, unknown date, photographer Science Picture Co., Science Picture Co/Superstock/Corbis | Pot Belly, unknown date, photographer S. Kirchner, S.Kirchner/photocuisine/Corbis
7: Obesity is causing excess medical costs for our country. In 2008, more than $147 billion dollars in medical costs were attributed to obesity. Obese people average medical bills that are $1429 higher per year than those of a healthy person. Obesity rates tend to be higher in the Southern regions of the United States. The United States leads the world in obesity rates in adults and in children.
8: Two men fit into one pair of jeans, circa 1935, photographer Kirm Vintage Stock, Kirm Vintage Stock.Corbis
9: The symbolic interactionism theory can be used to help explain obesity. Symbolic interactionism is based on the theory that everything we experience in society is based on an exchange of symbols. Obesity can be caused by social distress, a feeling of ineptness and an inability to resist food for personal and emotional reasons, As a society, if we see someone who is overweight, we give verbal and nonverbal cues that we are disgusted or that we don't approve of their appearance or behaviors. This is a symbolic interaction with the obese person. This could cause the obese person to have additional negative habits as a result of our reaction. This could explain the way that obese people are treated and discriminated against. This may be the cause for obese people and their feeling of social isolation. The day to day exchanges of these symbols between people are unconsciously exhibiting behaviors to hurt obese people.
10: Crushed weight scale with footprints, date unknown, photographer CJ Burton, CJ Burton/Corbis | How do we solve the problem of obesity? Recently,, there have been many nationwide campaigns to help educate the country on the rising problem of obesity. The First Lady has started a program to help make America's youth aware of the importance of making healthy choices and exercising. Until our society has change the way we think, there will be a problem with obesity. The best thing that we can do is educate people so they are aware.
12: "Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter." -Brad Henry
13: "Having a place to go - is a home. Having someone to love - is a family. Having both - is a blessing." -Donna Hedges
17: "Home is the most popular, and will be the most enduring of all earthly establishments." -Channing Pollock | We may not have it all together, but together we have it all
20: Love is being with your family
21: in the little things