Posts Tagged ‘stigmatization’

Did Anti-Obesity Campaigns Poison the Well?

January 29, 2023 — Reading about the heated and not terribly well-reasoned arguments people are having about obesity prompts a sad conclusion. A history of ineffective and, at times, harmful anti-obesity campaigns may have poisoned the well of public sentiment about obesity. People have such strong feelings that facts and reason become irrelevant. Aggrieved Advocates for People with Eating […]

How Well Does Scolding Work?

April 19, 2016 — A new study in Appetite raises a question worth considering: how well does scolding work to improve eating habits and prevent obesity? The authors of this study observed how mothers express restrictive feeding behaviors: with negative or positive tone. They analyzed the characteristics of mothers and children that were associated with negative, positive, and total […]

Health Reporting That Mocks Itself

July 11, 2013 — How does a publication destroy strong, objective health reporting? They can do it by running images that mock the people whom the reporting concerns. On July 5, USA Today devoted a full page to three important stories about obesity. The lead story was written by Nanci Hellmich, one of the most knowledgeable and consistently objective health and […]