Obesity and the Media

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Cancer Research UK’s Obesity Campaign Causes Online Backlash

Smoking. Everyone knows the risks involved and the impacts it can have on your overall health. The links between smoking and emphysema, coronary heart disease, and in particular, cancer, have been long established and well publicised for decades. It is...
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Food adverts during family TV shows encourage junk food consumption

A new report that contains research conducted at the University of Liverpool has found that six in ten food adverts shown during family programmes push junk food, including fast food, takeaways and sweets. Normally, these adverts would be banned from...
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Exposure to violence linked to obesity

In a study from Duke University, it was found that teens that were exposed to violence consumed more unhealthy food and beverages and suffered from fatigue. The researchers used data from mobile phone applications for over 500 teens in California and...
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TV in the bedroom linked to childhood obesity

Preschool children can spend up to 12 hours a day in sedentary time, which can include watching television, playing electronic games and reading. Few preschool children are meeting the current recommendations of less than 1 hour of screen time per day,...
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The media’s influence on the perception of obesity

A new study has examined how obesity is portrayed in the media and its subsequent effect on people’s support for different obesity related issues. Researchers at UCLA and Stanford exposed participants to different news articles that portrayed obesity...
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The age of the smartphone-controlled diet

Smartphones could soon be telling us what to eat and what to avoid whilst shopping in supermarkets. This comes after a study, published in the Journal of Medical Systems, looked at the possible use of Near Field Communication (NFC) in Spain. This is a...
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