Inequality, Insecurity And Obesity Essay

901 Words Nov 16th, 2014 4 Pages
Inequality, Insecurity and Obesity
Obesity is defined as an excessive fat accumulation that may lead health risks. According to World Health Organization (WHO), about 3.4 million adults die per year due to being overweight or obese. Professor Stanley Ulijaszek is a nutritional anthropologist whose work to find the relation between cultural diversity and nutritional health. In Anthropology lecture “Inequality, Insecurity and Obesity” (2014) at University of Oxford, Ulijaszek focuses his attention on build an overview of how inequality and insecurity can cause the increase of obesity incidence in a population. However the current standard considers the thin and fit physique as ideal body, Ulijaszek does an excellent job in emphasizes that obesity is increasing because of the media influence, the stress at working environment, and the saving of time.
In “Inequality, Insecurity and Obesity”, Ulijaszek (2014) brings up some effects of inequality and insecurity in the increase of obesity cases. According to Ulijaszek, obesity is more common in countries with economic inequality because the insecurity of its population became a common problem. Before industrialization process, the rich class had the high level of obesity because it was difficult to obtain food. However, when the country turned up industrialized with high human development, the food became cheaper and plentiful. So, a social inversion occurred once obesity was considered as a disorder for poor people. This social…

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