Study examines how media tackle childhood obesity

06/22/2011 | Reuters

An analysis of 806 news stories in TV and print media found that diet and exercise as solutions to childhood obesity were mentioned on TV about two-thirds of the time, while newspapers and magazines did so 52% and 58% of the time, respectively. However, compared with print media, TV networks focused less on system-level solutions, such as making healthy food available in low-income neighborhoods, and possible reform in the food and beverage industry, according to the study in Pediatrics.

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