Category: W3 Activity

Running Amok In Malay Culture (Repost)

Running amok is a culture-bound syndrome of Malaysian/Indonesian origin. Psychotic illnesses, personality disorders, and mood disorders are all possible causes of amok as cited from Dr. Manuel L. Saint Martin’s analysis of the CBS in “Running Amok: A Modern Perspective…

Obesity in America

The scholarly peer- reviewed article that I read on obesity in America discusses how America have higher rates of obesity than any other country in the world.  Americans are exposed to so much luxury and an abundance of food that…

Obesity in America

The culture-bound syndrome I chose to examine was obesity. Obesity, by definition, is when the body mass index (BMI) is 30 or more. It is the cause of various health conditions, some of which include: high blood pressure, type 2…

Obesity in the U.S.

The culture-bound syndrome I chose to discuss was obesity in the U.S. I found an article written by James Levine. entitled “Poverty and Obesity in the U.S.,” which focused on finding a connection between the increased incidence of obesity and…

Brain Fag Syndrome in Africa

The article I chose to summarize is called “Brain Fag Syndrome – a myth or a reality”. Brain Fag Syndrome (BFS) is identified in DSM-IV as a cultural bound syndrome. BFS symptoms and complaints consist of those of cognitive impairments,…

Obesity

In the article I reviewed, the anthropologist studied the Samoan community in relation to obesity. The Samoan population is considered to be the “fattest” population. This article studies the impact media has on society and their viewpoints on obesity both…

Obesity in The United States

Obesity is a relatively recent and ongoing epidemic in the United States. In many parts of the world, one thing America is stereotyped for is having many obese people. This is a great example of a culture bound syndrome, because…

Heart Disease in Western Societies

In this article, a “’type A’” individual is depicted as the common person to develop coronary heart disease. This individual is typically a middle aged, middle class man that adheres to the social norms in industrialized societies. Theses social norms…

Grisi Siknis in Nicaragua

The Grisi siknis is known as the “crazy sickness” or “collective madness” most prominent in Central America it seems to affect many tribes in the region. Both articles describe the ineffectiveness of western medicine in healing this illness and how…