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The role of the media in influencing children's nutritional perceptions.
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PMID:  19380500     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recently the mass media environment of children, in particular food advertising, has come under scrutiny as a contributing factor in the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity. Focus groups were used to explore how children's appraisals of various forms of media inform their health-related perceptions about eating and nutrition. Ninety participants aged 10 to 12 years were recruited from schools throughout Auckland, New Zealand. Schools were randomly selected from among those rated with low, medium, and high socioeconomic status. Results show that the media is a key factor shaping how young people conceptualize healthy eating and healthy bodies. Mass media food messages were not seen as a credible source of health information; rather, they assist in constructing and reinforcing dominant misconceptions about food, healthy eating, and nutrition. Nutritional messages embedded in both health promotion and advertising were perceived to be conflicting and ambiguous, and might serve to undermine the trustworthiness of health promotion initiatives.
Enid Dorey; Judith McCool
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Qualitative health research     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1049-7323     ISO Abbreviation:  Qual Health Res     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-21     Completed Date:  2009-06-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9202144     Medline TA:  Qual Health Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  645-54     Citation Subset:  T    
University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Advertising as Topic*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Focus Groups
Food Habits*
Health Behavior
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Mass Media*
New Zealand

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