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Título: Obesity and poverty in the media: a case study from a Brazilian newspaper
Autor: Carvalho, Mónica
Palavras-chave: Health communication
Obesity and poverty
Risk
Data: 2010
Editora: International Association for Media and Communication Research
Citação: IAMCR CONFERENCE, COMMUNICATION AND CITIZENSHIP, Braga, Portugal, 18-22 July, 2010 - Book of Abstracts: [WG] Health Communication and Change. [S.l. : s.n.], 2010. p. 1-15
Resumo: In the last decades obesity has become one of the main concerns in public health. According to WHO by 2015 there will be 700 million obese adults. This scenario reflects on news-making, particularly the way the media continuously stresses the problem of obesity, considered a serious illness, even a world epidemic. Furthermore, this issue leads to the socioeconomic apparatuses or dispositifs of risk control. These dispositifs are expressed by individual practices of self control towards a larger emphasis on minimum intervention of State. In Brazil, the statistics show that overweight and obesity have also grown significantly. Moreover, poverty, a social problem earlier linked to hunger and underweight, is now one of the faces of obesity in that country, a scenario not so different of rich countries. The relationship between obesity and poverty is related to a kind of scarcity of some nutritional components, access and knowledge of what is healthy or unhealthy. Also, there is a scarcity of options in the circumstances that making choices is considered an essential condition for controlling obesity. The purpose of this paper is to present some conclusions of my doctoral thesis aimed at researching the role of power dynamics in constructing the relationship between obesity and poverty as legitimate discourse by the media, even as a legitimate problem more important than fighting hunger in Brazil. The study was made through the 2 analysis of 65 news items concerning the relationship about obesity and poverty and published in the biggest Brazilian newspaper, Folha de São Paulo, from 1996 to 2005. It was significant that among these 65 news items, 48 – i.e. more than one third – were published between 2003 and 2005.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.14/3032
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