Task description: Obesity and inactivity in Australia and other westernised countries are..

Task description:

Obesity and inactivity in Australia and other westernised countries are creating one of the biggest health challenges of our time. The causes of and therefore solutions to obesity and inactivity sometimes fall in two camps; one argues that the individual is responsible for their activity level and weight status and the other argues that structural determinants, which are beyond an individual’s control, impact on a person’s activity levels andweight status.

This is a structured essay, which should include a brief introduction and conclusion (total 200 words). Students are to draw their evidence from the unit readings.

The body of the essay is to be written in three parts

Part 1

    ? Describe the two concepts of structure and agency

    ? Suggested word length for this section is 500 words.

    Part 2

    ? Outline the solutions from a structure and an agency perspective to the growing levels of obesity and physical inactivity

    ? Suggested word length for this section is 500 words.

    Part 3

    ? ‘Individuals are responsible for their own health; overweight people should just stop eating more’, Discuss.

    ? Part 3 is asking you to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of each perspective and draw a conclusion to which isthe most effective in addressing the solution of the ‘obesity epidemic’.

    ? Suggested word length for this section is 800 words