The portrayal of obesity in U.K. national newspapers

Stuart W Flint, Joanne Hudson, David Lavallee

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Obesity is a major medical health challenge; however, the associated stigma represents a harmful and obstructive obstacle to treatment. This study’s 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 6 newspapers (3 broadsheet; 3 tabloid) was analyzed. All text related to obesity was content analyzed. In total, 349 articles were analyzed. Weight stigmatization and the portrayal of overweight and obesity as a moral digression were evident. Findings demonstrate that U.K. national newspapers attribute obesity to controllable causes. Caricatured portrayals of overweight and obesity were evident and may play a pivotal role in the formation and maintenance of anti-obesity attitudes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-28
Number of pages13
JournalStigma and Health
Volume1
Issue number1
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Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016

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Flint, Stuart W ; Hudson, Joanne ; Lavallee, David. / The portrayal of obesity in U.K. national newspapers. In: Stigma and Health. 2016 ; Vol. 1, No. 1. pp. 16-28.
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The portrayal of obesity in U.K. national newspapers. / Flint, Stuart W; Hudson, Joanne; Lavallee, David.

In: Stigma and Health, Vol. 1, No. 1, 02.2016, p. 16-28.

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