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How relevant is the Black report today using the material of obesity.

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How relevant is the Black report today using the material of obesity. The Black report was carried out in 1980 and chaired by a man named Sir Douglas Black. Previous reports and research pointed out that lifestyle was a key identification of inequalities in health, the main source being the Acheson report. Although this identification was made, they also pointed out that it was one of many reasons for inequalities in health. The Black report aimed to outline and explain these remaining factors. The factors were: "Artefact", suggesting that class inequalities do not really exist. "Social selection", suggesting that people suffering from ill health will be given low paid jobs and therefore are situated lower in class structure. "Cultural behavioural", suggesting that ill health is a result of the individual's culture such as healthy lifestyle. And finally "Structural material", blaming capitalism for the situation the individual is in. The two most important and convincing sectors of the Black report were cultural/behavioural and structural/material. These two approaches were taken very seriously and were researched in more depth after the Black report was published. I will start by briefly explaining these two approaches. Firstly cultural/behavioural. As mentioned above, this approach suggests that ill health is a result of the individual's culture. ...read more.

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The reason for people becoming overweight is due to the lack of knowledge of what exactly a healthy lifestyle is. Healthy foods are rarely advertised. Surely then these companies should be doing more to explain to us what we should be doing and not just aiming to make a profit, this however is not the case and never will be. During a trip to the Denby pottery workshop, Derby on Sunday 25th January, I listened in on a healthy eating talk. A group of around 40-50 surrounded me all listening to some lady trying to sell Sainsbury's new "good for you" food. As I looked around the room I saw no, what I would regard as over weight people. This shows and exemplifies Oscar Lewis's opinion of "live now", there was nothing stopping the overweight people attending this talk, but they all chose not too. Another fact worth mentioning is the failure rate of people dieting. 95% of people trying to loose weight never do! Dieting companies need to address this fact and consider why in fact people using their products are not successful in their targets and aims. Another huge reason for people becoming overweight is the change within society. ...read more.

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One major criticism of this approach is that the upper class people also may lead an un-healthy lifestyle and are indeed over weight. This shows that being unhealthy does not determine your place in social class. I also agree that the structural/material approach can be related well to obesity. The rich people are taking advantage of the people out their wanting to loose weight in the way that they can release products and diet schemes to supposedly help us, making �2billion worth of profit! Although loosing weight is gaining health a lot of overweight people are happy with who and how they are, "fatness should not limit life". This approach doesn't however take into consideration the individuals that depend upon the Government and benefits. With healthy food being expensive their benefits can only afford to buy them fatty un-healthy foods. There is however exceptions to all of the above discussed. As a whole, the Black report almost suggests that an un-healthy lifestyle leads to an individual becoming overweight this then leads to this individual being lower down in the social class resulting in them having low paid jobs. This is certainly not the case, obese people are and can still be successful and not in the lower classes. Three examples are: Victoria Wood, being a comedian and actor, Dawn French, also an actor and comedian and Yvette Freeman, actor in ER. Stuart Small 12-MI ...read more.

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