Other ways of thinking about an issue

Once we’ve defined an issue, we need to ask whether our interpretation is the only one or the best one, given what we know. Often our own experiences and biases will affect how we see an issue. If you grew up in a family of smokers and many of them died of respiratory diseases, you’re not likely to be open to the idea that smoking is not a problem. The Module on Implications deals more with the challenges of seeing the flaws in our definitions and limits of our interpretations.

In the case of overweight and obesity, most people would probably answer that it is a problem, but they would think of it only as a problem for physical and perhaps psychological health. But, are there different ways of thinking about this issue?

Consider this picture. What does an infant car seat have to do with overweight and obesity?

Do you want to know more about overweight and obesity as a safety issue? Read the following case study in Rising to the Challenge:

Asking more and more complex questions – as SGBA persistently prompts us to do – can provide new perspectives on long-standing problems as well as emerging issues.

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