Prior to engaging in this
discussion, read Chapter 5 in your text, watch the Peter Attia: Is the
obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem? video, and review any relevant
For this discussion, please
reference the information in the “Introduction to the Miller Family”
document. Lila Miller Goldberg is a 45-year-old diabetic. She had difficulty
losing weight since her pregnancy years ago and has started experiencing
symptoms related to her condition. She has insulin-dependent diabetes
mellitus (IDDM), and has been symptomatic for more than 10 years. She has
been resistant about changing her diet and has been inconsistent with
treatment, despite her health. She always hated her mother Ella’s
fixation on nutrition while she was growing up, the different diets she tried, and
the “weird meals” she prepared. She prefers quick and easy convenience
foods, fast food, and what tastes good. After all, she is a busy working
mom! She has never liked to exercise and, with the pain that has developed in
her feet, it is physically too difficult.
Analyze and discuss the relationship
between Lila’s environment growing up, her physiology, and her attitudes and
behaviors. Use the following questions to guide your explanation, and be
certain to apply basic medical terminology as appropriate.
- How might Lila’s condition affect her thinking, her
relationships, and social situations? In what ways might these factors
worsen her condition?
- How has Lila’s aversion to her mother’s dietary
fanaticism while she was growing up affected her choices and, as a result,
- How might Lila’s condition of being overweight impact
- How might others in Lila’s family and community view
her, and how might this affect how she views herself?
- What do you believe are Lila’s options at this
time? Cite research that supports your reasoning.
- If you were Lila’s close friend, how might you counsel
her based upon your understanding of the biopsychosocial aspects related
to her position? Provide evidence from the available resources.