Posts Tagged ‘news media’

Spotlight on Weight Stigma in Popular Media

June 29, 2022 — Today in New York, the Media Empathy Foundation is unveiling an unusual report and, hopefully, starting a conversation. Both the report and the conversation are all about weight stigma in popular media. Because popular media has a way of shaping popular culture and right now, weight stigma is pervasive in all media channels: news, entertainment, […]

A Decade of Framing Obesity in the British Press

December 15, 2021 — With the new year on the way, no doubt many headlines will be urging readers to set resolutions to lose the weight they may have put on over the holidays. However, the way the British press talks about weight, obesity, and health has fluctuated markedly in recent years. To learn more about these changes, we […]

Guidelines for Media Portrayals of Obesity

May 1, 2014 — The media is an influential source of information about obesity, and shapes public understanding and attitudes about this important health issue. From network news to daily newspapers, obesity has become a fixture of daily headlines throughout the United States, and while this certainly raises the profile of obesity and its serious health implications, media representatives often […]

Kudos: Reuters Got the Obesity Trends Right

March 20, 2014 — With all the sloppy health reporting we see, it’s worth noting that Reuters got the story right on obesity trends through two news cycles. Two weeks ago, when CDC issued a press release declaring that preschool obesity rates had plunged 43%, most news organizations posted headlines like “Obesity in Young American Children Plummets.” Reuters stood […]

Not So Fast: Only One Hour of Exercise Per Year?

February 28, 2014 — Women with obesity only get one hour of exercise per year! That’s the sensational headline that some ordinarily respectable media outlets plucked from an obscure statistic in a methods study this week. gets credit for calling the foul. In fact, the study at the center of these sensational headlines was designed to validate a […]

Absurd Headline: Can You Die from Drinking Too Much Soda?

February 12, 2014 — Time gets the prize for the most absurd headline this week by hanging a false statement about soda onto a barely related story about deadly child abuse. Parents of a five-year old girl were charged with murder Friday because they reportedly forced her to consume more than two liters of grape soda in a short […]

Irresistible Obesity News from the Gut

September 8, 2013 — The irresistible obesity news this week was all about fecal transplants from thin humans to fat mice. Researchers from Washington University and a host of other institutions added some compelling evidence to the role that bacteria play in obesity with a new publication in Science. The researchers found twins who were distinguished from each other […]