WeightManagement and Exercise

WeightManagement and Exercise

Weighthysteria has been a dominant issue in modern American socialcontroversies. It has even found its way to the political circleswith several politicians having been quoted talking about themagnitude of the obesity pandemic in the society. There have beennumerous reports from bodies of health professionals, nutritionistsand researchers among others, sensitizing the society to act on theissue of obesity. However, this weight hysteria is nothing that canbe accorded validity because it is a mere construct of the media,politicians and the health professionals that should be deconstructedto let members of the society live in peace.

Ithas been argued that obesity is a health risk for people. This hasbeen supported by misleading statistics from the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention regarding the number of individuals who diefrom obesity (Milloy,2005).From a logical perspective, obesity cannot be treated as a publichealth concern in the society. People holding and disseminating suchopinions are just factions of the society with stakes in theso-called fight against obesity (Milloy,2005).

Thereality of the weight concern is very different on the ground. Forinstance, there is limited proof of the assertion that obesityshortens one’s lifespan. Some studies have indicated thatoverweight individuals live longer than average-weight individuals do(Patterson&amp Johnston, 2012).Similarly, there is limited proof of the notion that weight inchildren influences their lifespan. The occurrence of other illnessesrelated to obesity is not disputable. Nonetheless, the propagation ofobesity-scare mania by non-profit organizations, governmentregulatory authorities, politicians, and the media should stop. Thesegroups circulate the information for the sake of their lodgedinterest, especially the expense incurred by the taxpayers insustaining the weight hype.


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Patterson,M., &amp Johnston, J. (2012). Theorizing the obesity epidemic:Health crisis, moral panic and emerging hybrids.&nbspSocialTheory &amp Health,10(3),265-291.