This paper discusses the results of a study which analyzed the images of overweight and obese individuals in Time and Newsweek magazine coverage over a 25-year period (1984-2009), comparing the depictions with the actual national prevalence of obesity within key populations of interest during the same period. Researchers found that over one-third of depicted individuals were children, few (3.5%) were elderly, most (70%) were white, and they were about equally divided by gender. Over the 25-year period, there was an increased representation of non-whites among the depictions. Even with the increasing representation of non-whites over time, news media still underrepresented African Americans and Latinos. The elderly were also significantly underrepresented in news magazine images when compared to actual obesity prevalence rates.
Published: May 2012
ID #: 68051
Journal: Soc Sci Med
Authors: Gollust SE, Eboh I, Barry CL
Framing the Consequences of Childhood Obesity to Increase Public Support for Obesity Prevention PolicyThis paper examines the effects of messages describing consequences of childhood obesity on Americans’ attitudes about obesity prevention policy and compares these attitudes by political ideology (conservative, moderate, and liberal). Using data from two nationally representative internet-based surveys with adult participants, researchers found that respondents considered several consequences of childhood obesity to be strong justification More