Compare And Contrast Obesity And Overweight

700 Words3 Pages
Many people combine obesity and overweight as one category, in where they think that it is the same thing. Obesity and overweight are what doctors use to categorized people that are over the healthy body mass index (BMI) scale. The Body Mass Index is a range of numbers that uses a person’s weight and height to calculate a range of numbers. When an adult is overweight, they have a BMI between twenty-five and twenty-nine and nine tenths; when they are obese their BMI is thirty and over. One issue with this scale is that since the BMI only measures weight and height and not necessarily how much fat is in a body, a person who is an athlete may be considered overweight since muscle is heavier than fat. A more accurate scale is the Withings…show more content…
This is because of the many stereotypes that overweight and obese individuals face. Some of those are that they were once fat kids, they do not have any sexual interactions, they do not exercise, they do not diet, and they only eat fast food. Other overweight and obese stereotypes are they are uncontrollable eaters, they are not healthy, they make poor employees, they are stupid, and they smell. When looking at an individual that you know that may appear to be overweight or obese, you do not see them as those stereotypes. In fact, those stereotypes only applies to few of those that are overweight and obese. For example, a fellow Georgia Gwinnett College student who happens to be obese is hardworking young individual that is graduating with a history degree, and is getting married this…show more content…
In fact, more than 20,000 years ago, an obese woman would be icons of fertility or the mother goddess. In the Bible, it contains many stories that has food imagery and that famine was more deadly to humans, especially when it describe the Garden of Eden. It gave the idea that Heaven is a place where there is an abundance of food. In the arts, curvy women were more favored. During the Renaissance Michelangelo created curvy women in the Sistine Chapel and in the Vatican. Curvy women were associated with affluence, power, and influence during these times. Even in literature curvy women was jolly, loveable, and good-natured like in Sancho Panza by Cervantes and Falstaff by Shakespeare. These women would stand in contrast to the introvert, miserly, and agonizing personalities of the slimmer women such as in Don Quixote by Cervantes and Hamlet by Shakespeare. During the eighteenth century that attitudes about obesity began to alter, and then it began to change during the nineteenth century. Obesity began to be look down during the latter part of the twentieth century (Eknoyan,

More about Compare And Contrast Obesity And Overweight

Open Document