A Sociology of Health by Dr David Wainwright

By Dr David Wainwright

A Sociology of wellbeing and fitness deals an authoritative and updated advent to the major concerns, views, and debates in the box of clinical sociology. The ebook aids readers’ figuring out of the way sociological methods are the most important to knowing the impression that well-being and sickness have at the habit, attitudes, ideals, and practices, of an more and more health-aware inhabitants.

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60 Apparently, people in their 40s defined as ‘overweight’ are 74 per cent more likely to develop dementia compared to those defined as being of ‘normal weight’. Not only is this relationship quite weak, there is also good reason to think that it is spurious. In a response to this report a group of researchers suggested a fundamental flaw in the study’s conclusion: Obese people visit a medical doctor more frequently. Because dementia was not assessed for all participants of the cohort, but only for patients with a medical visit, obese patients had a higher chance to be diagnosed with dementia.

Second, Bury argues that strong social constructionists underestimate the demonstrable effectiveness of bio-medical interventions in preventing and curing disease. While mistakes have occasionally been made, and some of the improvements in health status that have occurred over the last century may be attributable to social development rather than clinical interventions, there remains a compelling body of evidence to show that the eradication of many infectious diseases, the amelioration of physical trauma, and many other improvements in mortality and morbidity rates are directly attributable to the practice of modern medicine.

The amplification of health risks may coincide with the culture of fear, but there are many other sociological factors implicated in the current age of anxiety. According to Furedi,72 fear has become firmly embedded within our culture as a result of broad historical and political changes. The break-up of traditional forms of social solidarity and cohesion, has reduced the sense of security that comes from strong affiliation to a group. The failure and demise of transformatory political ideologies and organisations has diminished the belief in our collective capacity to humanise nature and adapt it successfully to our needs.

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