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Unit 6: Discussion


Respond to the following discussion question. Each question response should be 100-150 words.

Respond to two or more classmates’ posts by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, CT.

This Unit’s Question

For this unit’s discussion please choose one of the following options:

A summary of a part of a chapter you found most interesting and explain why you found this part of the chapter interesting.


Identify two or more insights you have developed after completing the assigned reading and explain WHY this is important to you.

NOTE: the insight may not be ideas directly from the chapters as much as the way the information from the chapters comes together to give you a unique insight.


The effects of men being overweight in comparison to women was fascinating to me. The fact that women have higher rates of depression, are less likely to attend college, and are likely to remain a virgin longer because of their obesity, yet none of these factors hinder men. Is this because society fixates on a women’s physical appearance more than men? Men are only 20% of the bariatric surgeries that are done in our country with women taking 80% of that statistic. While I would like to think all of it is image driven, I also believe that women are more worried about their overall and life expectancy. In a study conducted at Kansas University in 2014, they found out that over 70% of men that were overweight or obese felt they were healthy. “This skewed male body perception hinders the likelihood of seeking healthcare advice.” (UCSD Health, 2015). It was also noted that men have the apple shaped weight gain and women have pear shaped weight gain with a majority of the weight sitting on their hips. Men have a majority of their weight on their abdomen which may be why men tend to have a higher rate of complications during weight loss surgery in comparison to women. The idea that the perceptions in society shape so many aspects of a women’s life is disappointing.

UC San Diego Health. (2015). Why Do Obese Men Get Bariatric Surgery Far Less Than Women? Regents of University of California. Retrieved from https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2015-04-29-men-less-likely-to-have-bariatric-surgery.aspx (Links to an external site.).

Rochelle StumphTuesdayJul 13 at 9:28pm

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In chapter 10, Sex Differences in Health, some of the crime statistics were interesting; some of the statistics were surprising. It is general knowledge that men are more likely to commit violent crimes than women. However, I was not aware that men are more likely to be victims of violent crimes (except rape). The crimes that men experience include, assault, theft, threats of violence, and murder. In the case of murder, women are most often killed by men. But when women murder, they most often kill men. There is a racial disparity in risk of violence against men. Black men are more likely to be victims of violent crimes than white men, especially in young adulthood.

Perhaps I found these statistics interesting because more focus is placed on crimes against women currently in mainstream media. Approximately one in three men experience physical violence, sexual violence, or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their life (Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, and Stalking among Men). Men are at risk of violence, even sexual violence. Perhaps this isn’t taken as seriously because of male gender stereotyping.

Helgeson, V. S. (2016). Psychology of Gender: Fifth Edition (5th ed.). Routledge.

Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, and Stalking Among Men |Violence Prevention|Injury Center|CDC. (n.d.). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved July 14, 2021, from https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/men-ipvsvandstalking.html (Links to an external site.)

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