Jane lives a very difficult life when it comes to the everyday implications that she has to deal with. Taking care of one child at a young age is difficult enough; taking care of six by the age of 26, seems to be nearly impossible. It is not surprising to hear that having six children that range from eight months old to nine years old, can become something that not only takes a toll on the soul, but also takes a toll on the physique and health. No matter how someone may seem to someone else, as is the case with Jane and her husband, if Jane does not feel comfortable with herself, and she does not see herself as being productive in society, or even in her own life, it can turn into a downfall situation in something that needs to be resolved at its source. In order to fully understand and comprehend the implications that Jane's lifestyle has on herself and her family, it needs to be analyzed through a variety of perspectives and a number of different considerations need to be taken.
Jane faces something that many people are now facing: a deep struggle with weight. The number of obesity trends have risen to beyond control, and in a case such as Jane's, this can become even more difficult, as she has many children to take care of, a husband who is not supporting her decision to want to lose weight, and a life that might not seem as great as she would have wanted it to be at that point. Her self-fulfilling prophecies, at least those that one would want as an individual have not been completely fulfilled. She lacks the home-skills necessary to do anything with her life beyond what she has already accomplished, and she cannot even keep up with the life that she is already leading. This can become overwhelming on someone her age, and adding the stress of the children, her husband, and her weight, adds an even more dangerous level to her health (Holub et al. 2011). Assessing this from various perspectives allows one to understand Jane's situation better and allows for Jane to have better choices when it comes to her weight struggle.
Sociological frameworks can be used to examine Jane's case. Weight loss is an unbelievable struggle that comes from years of unhealthy build up. She is very much under an unfortunate circumstance, not for the perspective of her life, but for her health. In order to be able to be not just a caretaker and mother to her children, she needs to also learn how to take care of her health so that she could also be a role model (Denehy 2008). One can see the main theory of application for her current life as coming from a feminist theory sociological perspective. Looking at the way her life has been thus far can be seen as a control mechanism from the husband so that she may do the things that he wants her to do. He has to work all the time, however, he still wants his big family and wants Jane to have even more children, although it is physically taking a toll on her health. This may be an agreement between the both of them, something that even Jane wants herself, but it is not something that is really being asked to her; the is an unequal balance of power between the two of them that adds even more onto what Jane is already dealing with (Rosenberg & Lissner 2008). If both of them equally want children and both of them equally want things to work out, then maybe the husband needs to contribute more to the family and Jane should also be allowed, by herself and her husband, to work outside of the home to get a break. This will allow for her to develop some very needed skills, and will allow her to contribute in some way to the family as well, so that the finances are equally divided. The stress that Jane has of not having enough money for anything can be resolved, while also tackling her weight and health issues through employment.
Taking the feminist perspective in sociological theories makes one look at this situation as one where the female is being held back by the constrictions that the husband and the children have placed on her, but that does not necessarily have to be the case. Structural functionalism may explain why Jane wants the life that she is leading, but however just wants things to change a bit so that she may feel a bit more happy with her own physique (Rosengren & Lissner 2008). Biologically, she is fulfilling the role that she was meant to fulfill on an evolutionary and societal level, and it is one that she is happy with, but the side effects that accompany having so many children in such a short amount of time, and with so many other things going on, makes this a battle that seems to be costing her health. Weight fluctuation is an issue that so many women go through, and despite how easy it may seem for a woman to just go and commit to her biological duties as a female to keep reproducing, it has daunting effects on physical, psychological, and emotional health (Heslehurst et al. 2011).
The sociological idea of phenomenology also contributes vastly to Jane's case. No one can really see things the way that she does. She is the person most in touch with her inner self, and in order for herself to find full recovery, she needs to be allowed to look at her life and contribute to it for her own sake. No matter how much the husband says that she looks beautiful the way she is, it won't matter if Jane doesn't see herself that way. Everything that Jane does and everything that Jane takes care of, will be affected by her inability to think positively about herself. If she doesn't see herself as being the person that she wants to be, she will not be able to be successful at the things that she sets out to accomplish, or in her case, may feel obligated to accomplish. She needs to feel the support from all those involved in order to fully come to appreciate the life that she is living (Vamos et al. 2010). Right now she feels that she has no applicable skills, nothing too great has been accomplished, and even though her husband and her want to have two more children, the way her health is going needs to be considered before more additions are made to the family.
Many sociological theories border on the line with philosophical implications of what should and should not be the case when it comes to Jane, but for more practicality to be added on, psychosocial implications need to be analyzed. The first concern here of course is for Jane's health. Despite everything else that is going on and everything else that she is considering in her life, nothing can be thoroughly done if Jane is not in a healthy state, both physically and psychologically (Vamos et al. 2010). This will indeed affect the way that she carries on her life. If she is not taken seriously by her husband that she wants to lose weight, then her whole family could be put at risk (Holub et al. 2011; Jordan-Welch & Harbaugh 2008). The effect that an unhealthy Jane has on society starts with her family. If she cannot learn how to manage her weight and learn to eat healthy in order for her lifestyle choices to change, then what will happen to her six children when they get older and realize that will also fall into the same lifestyle that their mother led. If they do not see at an early age that their mother was eating healthy and taking care of herself, then they will not learn that eating healthy is a choice and leading a healthier lifestyle will lead to living a longer life (Gruber & Halderman 2008). This one thing that Jane could take care of now before her weight gets to a level that cannot be controlled or to a level that will later have even more damage on her health, can and will be deadly choices for her children who will then continue that cycle on to their children. Looking and analyzing this case from a perspective of just considering the healthy lifestyle choices that can be made now at an early age to later avoid all the negative consequences that improper care could have on someone is worth it.
This has everything to do with health. No matter how good the relationship between the wife and the husband is, or how outstanding the relationship between the mother and the children is, Jane's issue is one of health and could unfortunately become one of life and…