Obesity: Definition And Analysis

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According to Defining (2012), obesity is defined as weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height. Obesity is diagnosed when an individual’s estimated body mass index (BMI) is greater than thirty. Obesity can be caused by genetics, inactivity, social or economic issues, unhealthy diet, certain medications, lack of sleep, etc., (Obesity, 2015). When individuals are obese, it puts them at a higher risk of certain disease processes. Obesity (2015), explains a few examples include but are not limited to heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, cancer, erectile dysfunction, infertility, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and depression. The Kaiser Family Foundation (2016) defines health disparity as a …show more content…
Think about your personal beliefs and prejudices about obese people? Do they differ in your regular life than in your work environment? The topic of obesity is something that is near and dear to the writer’s heart, coming from a family of obese individual’s. It is a constant struggle educating them about the importance of a healthy body weight to prevent disease. After having several heart to heart conversations with family members and patients, the writer identified that one of obese individual’s major concerns is how others look at them negatively in multiple aspects of their lives even if they try to become healthier. Our society is unfair to individuals who suffer from obesity on a regular basis. Obese individuals have higher insurance premiums because they are at a higher risk of costly health diseases and conditions, society forces them to buy two seat tickets for airplanes or trains, their clothing costs more money and fewer sections, among others. This is alarming to an individual of normal weight who loves and cares for individuals who are obese, because they do not have the same opportunities to prosper in our society as others. For the purpose of this health disparity action plan, the writer will look at the social justice issues concerning the stigma of those who look down on obese individuals for trying to get …show more content…
The biblical definition of social justice is the comprehensive application of biblical law, love, mercy, justice, and equity to all levels of government: self, family, voluntary groups, churches, and state (local, state, and national) (Summary, 2007). Summary (2007), also explains that social justice is created by the culture of the people. This means that our society determines its civil laws and moral standards. Essentially, we created the current views of individuals who are obese. Throughout most of history, overweight or obese individuals were viewed as wealthy and healthy because they had an unlimited amount of food to eat. Individuals who were frail and thin were viewed as poor because of a lack of food supply or money. Today the polar opposite occurs, unhealthy and fast food is the cheapest and causes a majority of its consumers to pack on unwanted weight, while the healthy foods are too expensive for the common person to purchase on a regular basis. Issaiah 55: 1-2 states “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come; buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich

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