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An effort to inspire dialogue. When can we expect the food industry and the media to get to the food environment?
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Rogge MM, Greenwald M, Golden A.
Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN 46112, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
The study was conducted to explore what it is like for individuals and family members to live with obesity as a chronic illness. An interpretive phenomenological design was used to obtain and analyze interviews of 13 obese individuals and 5 of their family members. A convenience sample was used to recruit the subjects who participated in the audiotaped interviews. The interviews used open-ended questions. Audiotapes were transcribed and analyzed for identifying the major themes within each transcript, and patterns of meaning across narratives. The major themes and patterns were described through written essays and group discussions about the transcripts. The participants revealed frequent experiences of stigmatization and discrimination on the basis of their obesity. Those who are obese are reminded through their everyday encounters with family members, peers, healthcare providers, and strangers, that their being deviates from social norms, and that they are inferior to those who are not obese. Obese subjects experience a pattern of denigration and condemnation that is so pervasive as to constitute what Harvey has called civilized oppression. A discussion of the social construction of obesity and the elements of civilized oppression, as they are experienced by those who are obese, offers new insights into interpersonal relationships that can provide a foundation for more effective care of the obese population.
PMID: 15602281 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Currently, more than 1 billion adults around the world are overweight, and at least 300 million of them are clinically obese.
The entire globe is struggling with this issue, and I am left to wonder why we are restricting the conversation.When we introduce Blame we fail to ventilate the entire issue,and we choke off the discussion.I am trying to inspire the discussion and I do hope you will add your voice to the process. I do not do weight loss , or offer miracle ,sexy,simple cures for obesity. I tend to believe that this obesity crisis will require a 911 emergency discussion. What do we have to lose ? Why is the media still sitting on the Couch Potato Myth?
A Georgia-based non-profit organization has stirred controversy with its in-your-face billboards targeting childhood obesity.
Columbus doctor and "Duke and the Doctor" co-host Jan McBarron says the billboards are great.
"I think it's a wake-up call," McBarron said. "Everyone is finger-pointing, but the bottom-line is when you look at all the studies that are done on overweight children, there are three reasons for it: It's parents, the mother and the father."
McBarron says that's who the ads are targeting, but News 3 has received e-mails and Facebook postings that the ads could negatively affect a child's self-esteem.
The very notion that these billboards would make a child feel bad is evidence that people are looking at obesity the wrong way, according to McBarron. She says being overweight isn't a character flaw or a moral deficiency--it's a serious medical issue.
According to Stopchildhoodobesity.com, Georgia leads the nation in severity of cases. The number of obese children nationwide has tripled in the last 30 years.
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