Media Contributes to Woes of Overweight by Using ‘Negative Images’

Here’s another ivory tower study- The Rudd Center says people exposed to ‘negative’ images of overweight people are more likely to develop prejudices. Shots typically used by news organizations to illustrate obesity stories – people eating or with faces obscured- are, we’re told, dehumanizing. Study co-author Rebecca Puhl should spend a week working with the media to learn how the business works. William Weir in The Hartford Courant:

When news outlets use negative images of overweight people — sloppily dressed, eating junk food — to go with stories about overeating, they actually contribute to the problem of obesity, according to a new study from Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.”

http://www.latimes.com/health/hc-weir-yale-obese-images-0511-20110510,0,6597116.story

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