Perception versus reality. According to the CDC, the average American woman is 5 foot 3 and weighs 170 pounds- which falls into the obesity category. Within the context of the media, according to the University of California, the prevalence of plus size and inclusive models has increased, with a typical web-based advertising campaign including between 10-60% plus sized models. Overweight and obesity prevalence in the United states is 78% and an obesity epidemic in the United States has become a world-wide pandemic. Additionally, though obesity is a chronic health condition, researchers find that obese individuals are also at increased risk of acute illnesses including viral infections. How do we as health promoters and educators navigate the physical and mental health needs of individuals impacted by obesity and/or discrimination based on excess weight? What strategies may optimize the clinical needs of a wide range of body weights, while also optimizing inclusivity? Walden University Health and Body Image Discussions
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To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review Chapter 9 in? Health: The Basics, Green Edition. Consider the role nutrition plays in maintaining body weight
- Review Chapter 10 in? Healthy: The Basics, Green Edition. Think about how a healthy weight can impact body image.
- Review the article “Media and its Influence on Obesity” by Stanford, Tauqeer, and Kyle.
- Review the media “Dimensions of Health Wheel.” Focus on how the perception of body image affects health and wellness.
- Review the multimedia piece “Dimensions of Health Wheel.” Consider the role of genetics and behavior on body weight and shape.
- Review the multimedia piece “Dimensions of Health Wheel.” Focus on how the perception of body image affects health and wellness. Also, consider the role of genetics and behavior on body weight and shape. Walden University Health and Body Image Discussions Urology and Obstetrics & Gynecology Departments