Inequality, Insecurity And Obesity By Ulijaszek

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Inequality, Insecurity and Obesity
Obesity is defined as an excessive fat accumulation that may lead health risks. According to World Health Organization (WHO), about 3.4 million adults die per year due to being overweight or obese. Professor Stanley Ulijaszek is a nutritional anthropologist whose work to find the relation between cultural diversity and nutritional health. In Anthropology lecture “Inequality, Insecurity and Obesity” (2014) at University of Oxford, Ulijaszek focuses his attention on build an overview of how inequality and insecurity can cause the increase of obesity incidence in a population. However the current standard considers the thin and fit physique as ideal body, Ulijaszek does an excellent job in emphasizes that obesity is increasing because of the media influence, the stress at working environment, and the
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According to Ulijaszek, obesity is more common in countries with economic inequality because the insecurity of its population became a common problem. Before industrialization process, the rich class had the high level of obesity because it was difficult to obtain food. However, when the country turned up industrialized with high human development, the food became cheaper and plentiful. So, a social inversion occurred once obesity was considered as a disorder for poor people. This social difference persisted over the years, and each class created its particular idea about body and health. By this way, the obesity can be considered as a social phenomenon because weight became the identity of the body. Nowadays, many people devote body projects as Madonna who is an example of standard of ideal physique. Ulijaszek also argues that obesity is related with education and occupation because it varies with the music that you listen to, the net of friends that you have, and the influence that you

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