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Conflict theory on Obesity

How could conflict theory "explain" childhood obesity, and what are some reasons for this social problem?

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Conflict Theory and Obesity

Conflict theory is one of the primary 3 sociological perspectives used by social scientists to study the mechanics and structures of society (the other 2 being functionalist theory and symbolic interactionism). Conflict theory is simple. It proposes that in society, there is inequality, between individuals, between groups. Resources, for the most part are under contest and as such, power differentials, class conflict and battle of ideas influence, reinforce and normativize social structures, trends and standards. Why? In order for individuals and groups to gain as much as possible in the conflict of interest and resources, they react and strategize in so many ways. Conflict theory does not hold any kind of ideology - it only points to the fact that society is a grouping of people that contest for resources and power to survive and to gain position as well as authority.

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