Challenging stereotypes and legitimating fat: an analysis of obese people's views on news media reporting guidelines and promoting body diversity

Holland, Kate, Blood, R. Warwick, Thomas, Samantha L. and Lewis, Sophie 2015, Challenging stereotypes and legitimating fat: an analysis of obese people's views on news media reporting guidelines and promoting body diversity, Journal of sociology, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 431-445.

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Title Challenging stereotypes and legitimating fat: an analysis of obese people's views on news media reporting guidelines and promoting body diversity
Author(s) Holland, Kate
Blood, R. Warwick
Thomas, Samantha L.ORCID iD for Thomas, Samantha L. orcid.org/0000-0003-1427-7775
Lewis, Sophie
Journal name Journal of sociology
Volume number 51
Issue number 2
Start page 431
End page 445
Total pages 15
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2015-06
ISSN 1440-7833
1741-2978
Keyword(s) body diversity
fat acceptance
news framing
obesity
reporting guidelines
stigma
Summary © The Author(s) 2013. This article contributes to scholarship on the cultural politics of obesity by providing insights into how people considered ‘obese’ think news media reporting should be improved and their views on ideas such as reporting guidelines and promoting body diversity. A thematic analysis of interview data identified the following themes: ‘Challenging stereotypes’, ‘The limits of news’, ‘Individual responsibility’ and ‘Legitimating fat’. These themes capture the divergence in views and reflect differences in how people construct obesity and conceive the influences of media on audiences. Situated in the context of the contested science and news frames surrounding obesity, the analysis also engages with wider debates about the potentially unintended consequences of seeking to challenge stigma. We conclude that media and policy discourses need to reflect a diversity of ways of framing obesity if the views of obese people are to be included.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
1608 Sociology
2002 Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, SAGE Publications
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