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Concerns, culprits, counsel, and conflict: a thematic analysis of “obesity” and fat discourse in digital news media

Cain, P, Donaghue, N and Ditchburn, G 2017 , 'Concerns, culprits, counsel, and conflict: a thematic analysis of “obesity” and fat discourse in digital news media' , Fat Studies, vol. 6, no. 2 , pp. 170-188 , doi: 10.1080/21604851.2017.1244418.

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Abstract

In recent years “obesity” and fat discourse in western digital media have matured; the complexity and conflict around fat embodiment are increasingly becoming part of everyday discourse. The present study explores key themes structuring this discussion. Popular online news aggregators were searched using the keywords fat, obese, and obesity. Fifty-nine articles and their comments were subjected to qualitative thematic analysis. Three thematic areas characterized the current discourse: concern, blame, and advice. Findings show how concerns about fat shaming are coming to be constructed as part of a dilemma in which concerns for the psychological well-being of fat people are set against the need to address the (putative) physical “harms” of “obesity.”

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cain, P and Donaghue, N and Ditchburn, G
Keywords: digital media analysis, “obesity” and fat discourse, qualitative, thematic analysis
Journal or Publication Title: Fat Studies
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 2160-4851
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/21604851.2017.1244418
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Copyright 2017 Taylor & Francis

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