Obesity in Our Society

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Obesity in Our Society Human nature has demonstrated one thing over decades gone by, that once a system has been adopted by a society, people are very reluctant even resilient to change that system. The Aristotelian world view affirmed all matter was formed from earth, air, water and fire and stated that heavy objects fall at a faster rate than do lighter objects, dominated civilized society for over a thousand years.[i] All one had to do to disprove a large portion of this premise, was to drop two objects simultaneously and watch as they both fell at the same rate regardless of their respected weights. This simple test could have proved the existence of gravity thus ending the Aristotelian world view. Why did it take this test eighteen hundred years to be preformed? Simply put humans' have no will to change, as can be seen in today's society with the current obesity epidemic. Over the centuries it has been proven that humanity as a whole most often takes the road least traveled, meaning once something is done easily, no matter which side effects incur people do not have the will to change. Because of the lack of will to alter contemporary life, the enormous power of big business, the media's overwhelming influence and the fact that people are oblivious to their current state of affairs, as far as health is concerned, humankind is now destined to a life of obesity. Sociologists have drawn conclusions that children are socialized at a young age by their parents. Values, morals, habits and attitudes towards life are all passed from parent to child.[ii] At t... ... middle of paper ... ...11/27_fat_cp.html [x] Time Magazine January 16, 1995 Volume 145 No. 3 [xi] Time Magazine January 16, 1995 Volume 145 No. 3 [xii] www.obesity.org [xiii] www.diet-and-health.net/diseases/obesity.html [xiv] National Center for Health Statistics www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/overwt.htm [xv] Time Magazine January 16, 1995 Volume 145, No. 3 [xvi] Time Magazine January 16, 1995 Volume 145, No. 3 [xvii] Dr. Gifford Jones Online Article www.canoe.ca/health0111/05_jones-sun.html [xviii] Dr. Gifford Jones Online Article www.canoe.ca/health0111/05_jones-sun [xix] Time Magazine January 16, 1995 Volume 145, No.3 [xx] Dr. Emma Ross Online Article www.canoe.ca/health0102/16_kids-ap.html [xxi] Time Magazine January 16, 1995 Volume 145, No.3
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