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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Portrayal of Obesity in U.K. National Newspapers
Author(s): Flint, Stuart W
Hudson, Joanne
Lavallee, David
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Keywords: anti-obesity attitudes
weight stigmatization
overweight and obesity
newspaper portrayal
Issue Date: Feb-2016
Date Deposited: 14-Mar-2016
Citation: Flint SW, Hudson J & Lavallee D (2016) The Portrayal of Obesity in U.K. National Newspapers. Stigma and Health, 1 (1), pp. 16-28.
Abstract: Obesity is a major medical health challenge; however, the associated stigma represents a harmful and obstructive obstacle to treatment. The study purpose was to explore the portrayal of obesity in UK national newspapers. A purposive sample of 312 editions (weekday: n = 208; weekend: n = 104) from six newspapers (3 broadsheet; 3 tabloid) was analysed. All text related to obesity was content analysed. In total 349 articles were analysed. Weight stigmatization and the portrayal of overweight and obesity as a moral digression were evident. Findings demonstrate that UK national newspapers attribute obesity to controllable causes. Caricatured portrayals of overweight and obesity was evident and may play a pivotal role in the formation and maintenance of anti-obesity attitudes.
DOI Link: 10.1037/sah0000013
Rights: This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record. Flint SW, Hudson J & Lavallee D (2016) The Portrayal of Obesity in U.K. National Newspapers, Stigma and Health, 1 (1), pp. 16-28.

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