Post 7: Collaborative issue mapping

Written by Song-Yi Im



 In this week, the class was reorganised in larger groups of people to conduct these word exercises, compiling and categorising relative terms. This group activities help to expand general knowledge of the issue, ‘healthy living and obesity’, by sharing found research with others. The collected words cover diverse range of vocabulary from archaic to contemporary word, synonym to antonym, common to technical term, and etc. Exercise 1-3 was about creating database to provide wider perspective on health living and rank the words in popularity rate. The exercise 4 helped to increase understanding level of tone the terms by categorising them in different adjective scales. Lining them up between both extremes shows how they can be recognised in different position by changing circumstances. However, apart of everything else, the most important personal achievement through this activity  is it broke my perspective of the topic that obsesses on finding material problem on only ‘obesity’ and turned my head toward psychological factor interfere ‘health’.


Map out with chosen words

In own group, we organised 5 word choices of each members (exclusive of overlapped word) to create mind map again. It is divided in packaging, smoking, discrimination, willpower, behaviour, laziness, self-esteem, walkability, and motivation categories. Mapping out each determinant in depths by gathered thoughts helped to find further relative terms and connection between factors. They all somehow effect and being effected and become cause or solution of each other. For example, Tess holiday, who is a plus size model encouraging body positivity in public, can be a solution of social pressure that gives people hard beauty standard. However, that positive movement accepting obese size as individual’s body preference activates public obesity. The laziness goes under behaviour and habits that causes low self- esteem even can be reach to discrimination. Through linking selected terms and analysing their relationship, I could increase depth of comprehend on the health living issue with encompassing general people’s view.


Stakeholder map of Children obesity

In this map of child obesity, I come up stakeholders in social, technical and educational aspects. The found factors basically are similar with other stakeholder maps of ‘obesity’ I participated with group members but they all finally arrive to ‘parent’s guidance’. As I do more and more mapping, I feel like I wondering in the same circle of ‘parental education is only one solution of the child obesity’. Every problem like increase of screen time, being depressed (unstable mental), bad food consumption, and etc. possibly are solved by parent’s supervision. However, it also means parenting could be fatal factor that interrupt child’ health. At this stage, I vaguely thought about design that educating parents not children, which purpose to increase awareness of proper nutrition knowledge and importance of shaping health behaviour from childhood.


Actor map. Actor: ‘Permissive’ parent

In this actor map, I put ‘permissive parent’ as an actor to specifically set up the situation for proposal with considering what types of parenting would more negatively effect on child obesity. The ‘permissive’ in this context indicates parents, who are too acceptable for any decision child make and weak at their pester skills, especially, encourage children’s self-control in the area relate to weight management, nutritions or physical activity. This parenting style, which has progressive tendency, is shown in younger parents as they believe and respect their child’s maturity. Their educational approach, standing on same level of kid like a friend, is usually with high emotional link but also has been linked with higher childhood BMIs and lower activity levels (Sleddens et al 2011, cited in Dewer 2016). The found issue of permissive parent is their child-centered action in cookery, consumption of food, screen time, bed time and other physical activities. It hinders to shape their children healthier life habits that could be extended till their adulthood. This actor map helped to narrowed down the determinant from parent to permissive parent which also help to easily frame the issue with specific target audience.


Reference list

Dewer, G. 2016, Permissive parenting, Parenting science, viewed 4 September 2016, <>.


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