I found the article “When I was Your Age” to be very relevant to society and this class. I have often found myself looking at people who are younger than me, especially high schoolers and middle schoolers and think of how different they are from me and often think I acted better than them in small ways such as being more respectful or even focusing on my work. These are only a few years between us unlike adults who look at me with decades between us. I realized though that this is because I have already learned so much and have just learned to more about life and have matured. I am now able to reflect back on my past and see how those time periods shaped me and that is what the article was trying to point out. I can also see how this relates to the class by looking at how there are many different factors that shape how we act and how we view the past. When we are in positions that force us to “grow up”, then we step up to the challenge. Luckily the majority of us are offered that privilege to grow up at a more leisurely rate
What I noticed while reading through chapter 5 is somewhat similar that the article in that the society we are born into affects both how we grow up and our overall health. Looking at the studies that were done for development, I noticed the authors constantly had to address many factors that could have influenced the results. For example looking at milk and trying to determine if it was the calcium that actually helped us to grow or whether it was simply from all the nutrients. When the study just gave milk to students they noticed a different in growth, but when another study gave students either milk meat or fat, there was not a really noticeable difference. I think this is something important to remember throughout this class to look at how society affects health along with the actual biological processes. It is clear from the readings that these cannot always be separated and there are some conflicts between our biological processes and societal standards. For example the case of early menarche and how the authors talk about STDs, teenage pregnancy and psychological problems as possible results of society saying a person has reached maturity at one point and our bodies telling us differently. These differences will be helpful to look at to see how our society works and if maybe we need to change our thinking in order to help alleviate medical problems.