Low diet and lack of exercise is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Although this is a preventable cause of death, many women have difficulties practicing good dietary habits and engaging in frequent workouts. Among them, the most disadvantaged group is African American women. Lack of proper diet and exercise leads to obesity, which has other inherent dangers, such as triggering other chronic diseases in women (Baruth et al., 2015). The challenges women face when trying to eat healthily and do training guide them to becoming overweight in the long run. These challenges may include lack of proper education, poverty, and support from society (Baruth et al., 2015). Having knowledge about nutrition is important as one is able to follow the guidelines of good eating habits. In addition, low-income earners may not be able to afford a balanced diet, which may pose a risk to having poor health. Hence, it is crucial to analyze women’s health through a natural and applied science lens, focusing on how women deal with health issues and the support they get from society.
Pregnant women are at a high risk of gaining weight through the pregnancy period. According to Morris et al. (2020), these women face challenges maintaining a good diet and exercise due to nausea and pains related to pregnancy. During this period, women are unable to maintain a healthy diet and exercise. Resources are, therefore, necessary to provide such women with the kind of support they need. Women find it difficult to engage in physical activities due to the responsibilities they hold. For instance, they are supposed to look after the family, and hence they lack time to become active in working out. Lack of motivation from society, cost, and other health problems may also hinder women from engaging in activities that help them maintain a healthy lifestyle (Baruth et al.,2015). Supporting women in terms of education, providing them with resources, and lifting them from poverty will improve their health.
The social science lens approach focuses on how women relate with people and their behavior when dealing with health issues and exercising. Obesity is preventable, but it is still prevalent among women due to how women relate to the environment and other social factors. Certain behaviors lead to women having health issues. One of these behaviors is sitting in front of a television for long hours, which negatively impacts their health. Consequently, eating many processed foods and failing to exercise is a behavior that leads to these problems (Ayalla, et al., 2020). Employed women are affected either positively or negatively, depending on the roles they play. Being busy during working hours hinders people from taking a healthy meal and it acts as a distraction from exercising.
Most women are afraid to interact with people, especially if they have health issues such as obesity. Social support is essential in ensuring women with these health issues live a healthy lifestyle. Encouraging women who are obese to embrace behavioral change is one way of showing social support to them. As Hutchesson et al., 2020 say, interventions dealing with behavioral changes towards women who are obese are essential. These interventions include behavior changes that encourage the intake of a healthy diet and engagement in exercise often. Encouraging women to take individual actions such as maintaining healthy diets and commanding themselves to exercise can go a long way in ensuring women positively relate to society.