Reading 11 “Morality and Health: News Media Constructions of Overweight and Eating Disorders” Abigail C. Saguy and Kjerstin Gruys
Reading 12 “Illness Meanings of AIDS Among Women With HIV: Merging Immunology and Life Experience” by Allison Scott
“Why Against Health?” by Jonathan M. Metzl (from the book Against Health)
TED Talk Johann Hari

Watch Johann Hari’s TED Talk, “Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong” (15 min) and complete the attached worksheet.
Description: “What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.”
Note: if you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction, there are some resources listed in the “Violence Prevention Resources” document posted under “Other Resources”
TED Talk Jennifer Reich

Sociologist Jennifer Reich, studies mothers who do not follow the prescribed vaccine schedule for their children. In her TED Talk, she discusses the broader social conditions that lead parents to refuse vaccinations for their children. Watch her TED Talk (13 min) and complete the attached worksheet.
Discussion Board 6: Against Health
Instructions: Write a short (1 or 2 paragraph) response to the following prompt. Starting a new thread, post your response to the discussion board.
Prompt: Keep a log of where and when the concept of “health” comes up in your daily life for a full day or more. Write up an analysis of what the idea of health or being healthy means using the data you’ve collected. For your analysis, ask yourself: What does health mean in this context? Was someone trying to sell you something? Were you being urged to take a particular action? Who/what was considered healthy and who/what was considered unhealthy in this context? Was health considered an individual or community issue? Based on your analysis, do you agree with Metzel’s argument in Against Health that “health” is an ideology? Do you see instances of “the new health morality” in your daily life?