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Outline - Health and Medical Issues
I. Organic products: for the rich, not for the low-income
a) Proposal to redress this
II. Overweight and Obese
b) Society on plus-sized people
III. International Fusion Cuisine
a) Pro argument
b) Anti argument
IV. Insect-eating and people-eating
Health and Medical Issues
"Since organic products cost more than processed foods or pesticide-laden products,
this could be considered a case of Better Health for the Well-Off. Low-income families
are in poorer health because of more exposure to industrial pollution because of the
jobs the adults do and the poor quality housing." Evaluate these statements using
course readings or additional sources. What proposal could you make, and who would
you make it to, to redress this disparity in quality of foods available?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food security is defined as, “access by
all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life” (United States Department of
Agriculture, n.d.). This has emerged as a major problem all over the world, not just in the
United States. It was estimated that 1 out of 9 Americans were suffering from food insecurity
back in 2018. That is equal to more than 37 million Americas, with more than 11 million
representing children (Feeding America). One of the main reasons why not all people have
access to organic products is because low-income families would usually just settle for cheap,
and most often, unhealthy food options.
A proposal that could definitely be of great way to redress the disparity would be the
further funding and promotion of programs like SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program) and hunger-relief organizations such as Feeding America, and building of food
stores that are more health-conscious in areas that have difficulty in accessing cheap, healthy,
and organic food. A study conducted in Detroit found that the people living in predominantly
black places that are low-income have the closest supermarket at an average of 1.1 miles
away (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion). This proposal could be addressed
to the law and policy makers so that they can be educated that food insecurity is a big issue
that still hasn’t been fully addressed. They also have to be educated about the basic
nutritional requirements that need to be met in order for people to live better and healthier
Compare various definitions of overweight and obese: compare US government
definitions vs. the social construction of obese. What clothing size is a Plus size for men
and women? How are overweight people portrayed in the media; what characteristics
do these characters share? What is the research on how overweight people are treated?
What are their experiences of discrimination and verbal abuse?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when a person’s weight is
higher than what is understood to be healthy for a particular height, then he or she could be
either overweight or obese. The body mass index (BMI) is used as a tool to check if people
are overweight or obese. The BMI range is from 18.5 to less than 25. For the overweight
range, the BMI is from 25 to less than 30. For the obese range, it is from 30 or higher
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d., Overweight & Obesity section). However,
the social construct of obesity indicates that the term “obesity” was just coined by the
medical community, according to Kwan (2009). The tool used to screen (BMI) has made the
media overstate the rise of such a condition in the community (University of Houston, 2009).
The term “plus size” is usually geared towards women as men’s clothing sizes don’t have
a fixed “plus size” category, save for some retailers that carry clothes for bigger males.
Women in the modelling world are usually fit into the “plus size” category if they fit into a
size 12 or up, but non-models fall into the category if they fit into sizes bigger than a size 14.
Women’s bodies have been scrutinized for years, and sadly, men’s bodies are b...
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