Mild to moderate obesity has gained the term of a culture bound syndrome in the United States. The article describes how our culture in the United States has developed this disease over time. The article also discusses possible treatments for obesity. In terms of the biological dimensions of this disease an obese person is someone with a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or greater. With a BMI this high the individual is clearly very unhealthy. Obesity takes a major impact on not only the respiratory system but also different organ systems. I believe obesity has become an epidemic within our American culture because delicious looking food that is constantly advertised is extremely unhealthy. Fast food is also very cheap and much easier to grab instead of preparing a healthy meal. Our country is very fast pace ,and eating healthy has become a lower priority than eating quickly. Until the American culture promotes the practice of healthy eating and taking more time to prepare meals our culture always be looking for the quickest/easiest meal.
Obesity is showing up not only in adults but also in children now. This culture bound syndrome has reached even the youngest generations. Doctors and teachers are evaluating and beginning to educate children, as well as parents, on healthy eating habits. Many schools are also including more rigorous gym activities to ensure children are staying active and burning the calories they consume. Different sectors of our American culture are most likely treating and preventing the syndrome based on their government funding. Doctors can educate parents and children on healthy eating and exercise, but that can only do so much. There comes a point where schools and the community need to join forces to promote a healthy life style. I believe the sectors with higher economic advantage are receiving more funding and therefore sending a more powerful message to prevent obesity as a culture bound syndrome.
Ritenbaugh ,Cheryl. “Obesity as a culture-bound syndrome”. Culture Medicine and Psychiatry. (1982): 347-361. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00118882 (accessed July 22, 2013).