Obesity Research Papers
Traditionally, a person’s fatness has been defined at a personal level as well as at a societal level. That is, each individual has his/her own perception of how fat he/she should be.
As indicated above, this often depends on a general concept of societal norms or is due to peer pressure.
The latter is related not only to untoward health issues but to social issues as well.
Lastly, current evidence indicates there is a wide range of BMIs over which mortality risk is modest, and this is age related.
At a societal level, although poorly described or quantified, there also is a degree of fatness beyond which a person generally is considered to be unacceptably fat; that is, there is an ill-defined threshold at which a person is labeled as being “fat” or “obese.” However, it is based on the “I can’t define it but I know it when I see it” concept.
In addition, implicit in this context is that the location of the excess fat plays a role, as does a person’s age.
Societal discrimination limits career choices, and indeed many career paths are closed to those considered to be too fat.
Also, societal stigmatization often impairs a person’s ability to express his/her intellectual and other talents; that is, they become underachievers.
The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially.
In addition, it is widely used in determining public health policies.
The BMI has been useful in population-based studies by virtue of its wide acceptance in defining specific categories of body mass as a health issue.
The result was that thinness was not only desirable but also required.
This concept has moderated but still influences women’s views of beauty and eating habits at present.