Discussion: Obesity as a Personal Problem and a Social Problem
Introduction to the Activity
This Engage discussion activity addresses Module Outcomes 1 and 2. In the readings, videos, and websites for Module 1, you were introduced to the concept of obesity as both a personal problem, on a micro level of analysis, and a social problem, on the macro level of analysis. In thinking of obesity in this way, you can apply a social problems framework much in the same way as you would to other social problems like inequalities in education, for example.
Please use the assigned materials for this module to address the prompt below. You may want to access the Readings and Materials page for review.
Instructions to Learners
Before beginning this activity, be sure to read the Module Notes, assigned readings, and view the assigned videos and websites. Use as much detail from the readings and other learning materials in the module as possible to answer the following questions.
Based on both the Module Notes, the assigned reading, and video, to what extent do you perceive obesity to be a personal problem or a social problem? Why?
What do you see as the most important individual or social factors that cause overeating?
From your perspective, what do you see as the greatest impact obesity has on society as a social problem?
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SOC221 Module 1 Notes: The Social Problems Framework
The Module Notes introduce the discussion of obesity as both a personal and social problem, which is used to conceptualize obesity from a social problems framework. The notes summarize key …
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