The Print Media Moguls

Are people in the military obese?
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-The United States military has become more obese then it was in 2002. In 2002, one to two out of 100 service members were diagnosed as clinically obese. In 2003, nearly one in 20 are considered clinically obese. These numbers are based off the troops who have actually been to a doctor. The percentage of soldiers who are obese is probably higher because not all of them go to the doctor. One reason to blame for this is stress and return from overseas deployment. Obesity is an important medical concern because it is associated with a decreased military effectiveness.
How does TV commercials effect a childs weight?
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-Many TV advertisments are targeted towards young children. Many food companies use cartoons and TV shows to lure young kids into asking their parents to buy snacks for them. Then the parents buy their kids the sugary snacks and treats just to make thier kids happy. The kids then eat these snacks on an everyday basis and it makes them gain weight. On TV, commercials depict kids who eat fruit snacks and sweet cookies as happy children and they make the commercials playful. Kids see this and want more of it.

How can we solve obesity using media?
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-In today’s world, technology has been incorporated into American lives on a mass scale. Many Americans use apple products or Microsoft products that include, smart phones, laptops, and tablets. These pieces of technology can help Americans maintain a healthy diet by using applications to help keep track of their food. One company, Dynamic Automated Nutrition Innovations (DANI), is beginning to do this by making a wireless food scale that connects with mobile applications to provide users with smarter information about their food. 77% of Americans are trying to lose or maintain weight but 88% can’t properly measure how many calories they intake. Using computers, smart phones and tablets as a way to keep record of calorie intake may help improve the issue of obesity throughout the United States.

How does the media influence Childohood Obesity?
-Health officials have been shocked at the rate increase of childhood obesity in past recent years. They have pointed out that due to the media’s influence; many children have started to show different eating habits after watching or listening to something in some sort of media. They track the phenomenon by taking the child’s Body Mass Effect (BMI) as a reference for standard obesity and overweight status for research. They defined the term of overweight youth as pre-obese and obese youth ages 10-16 from 34 countries. They have assumed the fact that most kids these days aren’t getting enough exercise and the result of that along with over eating causes obesity at such young ages. It has been noted that most kids spend most of their time in font of the television, computer, or video game. Officials also found fast food companies have ways to advertise their food in between the commercials on TV, ads on the computer and also in the video games the kids are playing. This type of activity hypnotizes the kids into buying there product they show in their commercials and ads.
How do diet product affect and magazine emotionally affect the habit of obese people?


-With all these fashion model magazines around, full of beautiful skinny women who are long and slender at the waste, you wonder why people are self-conscious about their weight. In the magazines it shows what people would like to see rather than to see a person who is over weight or obese. Within these magazines, there are even articles on how to lose weight, so you can look just like those models, relatively sort to speak. These articles personally affect those overweight, because its telling them in their minds, they don’t look good enough and they are not right weight to be perceived as normal or good looking. So they do all those diets or take the pills they read in an article, telling them that is would help them lose weight. It’s not only affecting overweight people but also people who are too skinny, who think they are not skinny enough. It causes them to do crazy things to their body and become bulimic or anorexic. “In the United States approximately 10% of girls and women are suffering from diagnosed eating disorders. Of these at least 50,000 will die as a direct result! Recent data reported by the American Psychiatric Association suggests that of all psychiatric disorders, the greatest excess of patient mortality due to natural and unnatural causes is associated with eating disorders and substance abuse.” (American Psychiatric Association)

How do health magazines affect peoples eating habits?


-The Oz Diet, made by Dr. Mehmet, talks about how he first encountered a chest cavity of an obese person, that was filled with atherosclerotic plaque. Atherosclerotic Plaque is a type of waxy goo, which is found in obese people. Dr. Mehemt tells us how his objective is to heal with steel after looking inside someone's obese body. He quotes how we evolved from growing our own healthy food and then food companies produce, create, and make our own type of fatty unhealthy food that serve to feed our undying hunger. In his article, he tells us one of our most dangerous food labels to come along with in recent decades is the insidious "fat free" moniker. Which is a name given to the product that told people that it didn't matter how much sugar or calories were in the product but that it was safe to eat a certain amount of it. Judging from this article, he aims to help obese people release what they are doing to their bodies and how the companies that produce the unhealthy food they are buying from are hurting them more then they realize. On last note, he says that “the problem isn’t that people don’t want eat well and be well”, “the problem, believe it or not, isn’t that they doubt the wisdom of a healthy diet.” Which answer the question that it’s not only the food they eat but also what the diet adds to what problems they face because obesity.

Do TV advertisements affect children's diet, obesity?
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-Watching television helps contribute to childhood obesity because the children are stationary and are most likely to snack on food while they watch. Researchers at The University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Health Research and Policy have obtained $2.2 million federal grant to see if TV food advertising affect kid’s diet, weight, and their physical activity. This project is funded by the NCI (National Cancer Institute) because it will separate the effect of food advertising and the time children watch TV. Old research Powell handled showed that 98 percent of food advertisements viewed by children from 2-11, and 89 percent of teens ages 12-17, were for foods high in fat, sugar, and sodium. This study will also look at the relationship between exposure to health promotion ads, those that encourage eating fruits and vegetables or getting exercise, and individual behaviors related to diet and weight outcomes. This measures the kinds of ads that children of different ages and races are exposed to, and the researchers hope they will be able to find out if advertisement and television viewing patterns contribute to the change in diet and obesity among white and black children. Powell hopes that by doing this study that it will play a crucial role in determining whether or not food advertisement on children’s programming should be regulated more strongly.
How does the media affect people's obesity levels?
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-Food and beverage commercials are mostly shown during kid television shows and most of them are poor quality such as McDonalds. Something that advertisers use is product placement which is the paid presence of branded products in movies and proving to be a potent source of advertising toward children. This is another way to show kids another way to get food even though the food is low quality and does not have any nutritious values. Also research has also shown that 27.3 % of children with a TV in their bedroom are obese, as compared to the 17.7% who do not. Something that parents can do to help stop this is to limit children TV time to less than two hours per day. Parents can also see what their children are watching and to tell them that advertisement on TV is just to make the children buy stuff that they most likely wont use or even need.

Does the Media influence people to become obese?
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-It may be their parents and relatives that are making people obese, but another culprit is television. Most people inAmericain a normal family watch more than seven hours of TV per day. The normal teenager watches around 22,000 commercials per year and 5,000 of them are food products, that the majority of it is high-sugar, high calorie, and low nutrition values. Only a low three percent of TV commercial ads are for fruits and vegetables. Television programs keep children inside and not making them think much and exercising to keep them in shape. It keeps kids inactive which leads them to eat more and affects them by making them overweight which then leads them to become obese.

Should parents lose custody of their extremely obese kids?
-One way to manage the nation's childhood obesity crisis might be to take the most severely overweight kids away from their parents. The recommendation in the Journal of the American Medical Association to consign extremely obese kids facing life-threatening complications to foster care is already transpired in a handful of U.S. cases. Intended as a temporary fix, it might help prevent the development of severe health conditions like Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and liver problems in some of the 2 million very obese children in the U.S. David Ludwig, a Harvard pediatrics professor starting thinking about the idea of state intervention nearly a decade ago, after a 3-year-old girl showed up at his obesity clinic weighing 90 lbs. By last year, at age 12, she had reached 400 lbs. and had developed diabetes, cholesterol problems, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.
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How do newspaper articles affect how people eat?
If you watch more than two hours of TV each day you have a higher chance of being obese when you grow up. If you are sitting in front of the TV or computer, you are probably not exercising. Getting enough exercise is key to staying healthy and preventing obeseity.In general, people also tend to eat more when watching TV than sitting at the dinner table because the TV distracts them. People may be full but not realize it, or they might unconsciously eat more when they see a commercial for something that looks appetizing. Advertisements are everywhere TV commercials, pop-up ads on the computer, magazines ads and billboards and they have a huge impact on what people buy. Even though it is mostly adults who spend the money, commercials are often aimed at kids. If the advertising for a product is successful, kids will ask their parents to buy the product.
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Can obesity shorten your life?
-Two thirds of American adults are obese and almost one third of Children in America are obese, mostly due to the couch-potato lifestyles and the growing sales of fast, fizzy and junk foods. Obesity increases the risk of heart disease and cancer and has sparked an epidemic of type 2 diabetes in children which has increased tenfold over the last 20 years. Having diabetes as an adult increases the risk of heart attack and shortens lives by 13 years. Scientists previously expected average American life expectancy to reach 100 years in 2060, but if the obesity problem is left unchecked it can have a negative effect on American life expectancy.
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Works cited:
Rochman, Bonnie. "Should parents lose custody of their extremly obese kids?"
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Delocour, Julie. "National Obesity." Editorial. Opinion. Tulsa World, 4 July
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