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

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Cain, P and Donaghue, N and Ditchburn, G, Concerns, culprits, counsel, and conflict: a thematic analysis of 'obesity' and fat discourse in digital news media, Fat Studies, 6, (2) pp. 170-188. ISSN 2160-4851 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2017 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/21604851.2017.1244418

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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:digital media analysis, “obesity” and fat discourse, qualitative, thematic analysis
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and Media Studies
Research Field:Media Studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
UTAS Author:Donaghue, N (Associate Professor Ngaire Donaghue)
ID Code:135203
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-10-04
Last Modified:2019-11-08
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