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Media Musings Blog Archive Does the media have a weight problem Looking at the number of magazines touting the latest celebrity diet and current affairs programs investigating the increasing levels of obesity in Australia, something becomes abundantly clear: the media is weight obsessed.
Anti fat messages are thrown at us day in, day out and we are taught from an early age to associate weight with beauty and health. This was no more apparent than the recent email sent to WKBT TV news anchor Jennifer Livingston which said obesity was one of the worst choices a person can make and that it was her responsibility as a public figure to promote a healthy lifestyle. Surely the opposite is also true. Constantly bombarding children with images of perfectly toned celebrities and telling them that they have to diet in order to be healthy can lead to serious body image issues. It could also explain the rise in popularity of (pro anorexia) blogs over the past few years that promote anorexia nervosa as a lifestyle choice, not a disease. If weight is bracelet louis vuitton homme occasion only ever discussed in the context of health problems how can it ever been seen as anything but? The media and this includes film and television, not just news programs and publications need to recognise that they have a large impact on how people are socialised. Their obsession with weight and dieting can actually reinforce an already strong culture of fat shaming and fat prejudice. I think the media could use a few more people like Jennifer Livingston. Do you think the media is at all responsible for promoting fat prejudice? Comment below! fat, fatism, health, Jennifer Livingston, Media ethics, prejudice, weight Posted under: Media ethics Dated: Oct 05 2012 I definitely think the media is pro skinny. But i do think it effects women in the media more than men. My example would be the news anchors at channel 9 news to see there is a gender divide in the body image department. The female news anchors are generally considered attractive. Peter Hitchener and even Lauri Oakes are not necessarily obese but neither are they the and yet, no one has said anything. Just take a look louis vuitton alma 1980 at 9 line up of journalists. I don know if the media is responsible for promoting fat prejudice no more than other industries, anyway. Any employer that wants/needs to present a professional image for their company is going to want you to present yourself well, and that includes being a healthy weight as much it involves wearing a suit. (unless you're Mark Zuckerberg or Richard Branson, in which case you make your own rules). I stress the word here. You can be a healthy weight and not be super skinny. Everyone has different body shapes, and everyone's natural weight is different, and so I think it's bad for anyone to promote the idea that to be attractive you need to be thin. But, nor should we promote the idea that being hugely overweight is 'okay'. With a few exceptions, being overweight is incredibly unhealthy. It's a fine line between promoting a healthy body image and an unhealthy one (both underweight and overweight). 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