Goffman and Stigmatization: The Stigma That Obese Individual Suffers From

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Recently, obesity problem has been increased in many developed countries around the world tormenting a large number of people more than ever before. Not only is obesity a negative factor when one’s health issue is considered, but also there are sociological factors that can negatively influence the lives of obese people. In order to understand about sociological perspectives toward obesity, it is useful to associate with the Goffman’s writings and his theories such as stigmatization and symbolic interactionism. These theories allow us to thoroughly analyze the sociological issue that obese individuals face. Moreover, it is important to consider possible solutions to cure stigmatized individuals and to
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Based on the recent reports by the National Center for Health Statistics and a division of the Center for Disease show that “30% of adults aged 20 years and older are considered obese; indicated by having a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher. The amount of people considered overweight adds another 30% to the statistic making the percentage of people in America who are overweight or obese 60%.” ("Obesity Costing Employers Millions” 1). Although this study focused on obesity alone, it implies that the health risks and social stigma related to obese people can also be used to merely explain overweight individuals.
The medical issues accompanied by obesity are critical and has heavily contributed to the increasing number of deaths. According to the CDC (The Center of Disease) reports, many health risks can be described with obesity, such as diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, arthritis, sleep disorders, and even some types of cancer. Blixen in his journal says that “currently obesity-related deaths are topping 300,000 per year, ranking obesity second among preventable deaths in America” (291).
In addition to the harmfulness of obesity to the individual’s health, it can partly damages the economy as well. Some recent articles in Forbe magazine have explained that “being overweight, or obese can cost corporations millions of dollars in health care expenses, extra gas and even extra jet fuel for planes” (“The Hidden Cost of Obesity”). It is true that obese people can

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