The role of medications in American society in the contexts of medicalization is described as having control of ones body by the use of medications such as antibiotics and depressants and etc. The use of medications in American society in contexts of biomedicalization is described as the bettering or enhancement of ones body through the use of medications. Medications are leaned on and used heavily in the American society, rarely do doctors use home remedies or rituals and things of that sort to cure someone of illness. Biomedicalization is the use of medicines to basically enhance appearance, which may not be necessary, while medicalization is trying to cure a certain health problem with medical intervention, which usually is necessary. Taking medication is now the norm for Americans, whether it is needed or not. What it says about our culturevalues on health is that medication is NEEDED for a healthy lifestyle when in my opinion that is not true. For some illnesses, yes medication should be used, but for enhancement, no medication should not be used if there really is no problem present.
The example from the “Pill Poppers” video was a great example of the distinguishing of medicalization and biomedicalization. Men with an actual erectile dysfunction needed medication to cure their issue which is the medicalization aspect, but men who just wanted to enhance and better their sex performance would take the medication when it was not needed is the biomedicalization aspect of it. People in American society constantly find things that are not to their liking about themselves so they believe it is a problem and needs to be treated for their own satisfaction when in all actuality it is really no problem.
I feel that obesity is heavily medicalized and biomedicalized in our society. The media has this image that they believe everyone should look like so people do any and everything to tryto looklike that image. People take pills, go on diets, starve themselves, over exercise and all sorts of things. Doctors prescribe medications and give dieting instructions to people wno are above the standard weightfor their height (obese) because it is unhealthy and can cause other health related issues but people who just feel they are obese when they are not to get this certain look try to go on the same diets and take the same medicine when it can be unhealthy for them. Obesity is advertised in all different types of ways, especially when people are trying to lower their weight, thereis slim fast, jenny craig diet, amd dietary supplements. A very common dietary supplement is Relacore dietary supplement pills which supposedly get rid of belly fat http://www.relacore.com
In my opinion, obesity is a major health issue but the method of dietary supplements are not the way to go because a person still needs real food in order to obtain nutrients, vitamins, and etc. Especially if a person who is not considered obese should not be taking supplements as a biomedicalization method because it could lead to problems.