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Public Health Campaigns May Contribute To Obesity

September 17, 2012 by  

Public Health Campaigns May Contribute To Obesity
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According to research out of Yale, there’s a fat chance that public health campaigns will help overweight Americans. The messages could have the opposite effect.

After analyzing 1,041 Americans and 30 public service announcements, the researchers concluded that the campaigns may make members of the intended audience feel worse about themselves. As a result, many will go to fridge to find comfort.

“Public health campaigns that are designed to address obesity should carefully consider the kinds of messages that are disseminated, so that those who are struggling with obesity can be supported in their efforts to become healthier, rather than shamed and stigmatized,” researcher Rebecca Puhl said.

The messages rated the most motivating were those that simply offered health tips.

“By stigmatizing obesity or individuals struggling with their weight, campaigns can alienate the audience they intend to motivate and hinder the behaviors they intend to encourage,” Puhl said.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    YES – PEOPLE ARE TOO FAT. BUT, FOOD IS A SIGN OF WEALTH IN THIS COUNTRY. AMERICA’S OBSESSION WITH EXOTIC CHEESES, SALMON, OCTOPUS, CRAB AND “PRIME CUTS” OF MEAT IS UTILIZED TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO IS EATING.

    BEING ABLE TO EAT GOOD FOOD MEANS, “I have money in my pocket.”

    • dcjdavis

      More often it means “I have SNAP in my pocket”, which does not create warm, fuzzy feelings in my gut for our gov.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “dcjdavis,” SORRY, I AM “OLD-SCHOOL;” I DO NOT KNOW WHAT “SNAP” MEANS.

  • swampfox

    more libral nanny state b.s!
    let folks eat whatever they Friggen want,go eat doodie,I will eat what I want,when i want,where
    I want,etc.
    that part from the flick demolition man comes to mind,where they meet the leader of the underground edger freindly or some such,and he tells what he thinks of the librals b.s.
    that was priceless!
    my sentiments exactly,think I’ll go on you tube and watch it again.

  • cawmun cents

    With the looming food shortage coming up next year,the fat folks have more storage than the gaunt ones do.They will last longer before they go away.
    The progressives want you to die….just not in front of them where they have to watch you waste away slowly.Better for them if you are already slim and slender.
    They know that very soon there will be competition for food.Thin folks tend to move faster and be harder to target,but fat folks have more reserves to live off of,so they can go into hiding and wait for awhile.
    This leaves two waves they must deal with.
    That is why they will unleash disease.Because that way the dying will come much faster,and the elite will pick and choose who lives to tell the tales.They will play the (I have a vaccine for the ones who rat out the others) game.
    Ah yes…the proverbial four horsemen of the Apocalypse.War,Famine,Pestilence,and finally Death….the pale horse rider.
    The war part is coming soon…..not the puny argumentative kind we have been experiencing lately,but full on conflict like has never been seen before…..ever.
    The culling has to come and take you unaware.
    For some it is much easier to just starve them out.
    For others…..disease will thin the herd much faster.
    Meanwhile as noted in some book that many scoff at,business will go on as per usual….right up until these things happen before their eyes.
    The Grand Illusion has got them seeing that which doesnt exsist.
    The desire for utopian euphoria has blinded them with science…..Black Science.
    Cheers!
    -CC.

  • lara

    you cant enter someones home and tell them what to eat..unless you live in Cuba or any other communist country!!

  • lara

    also there has always been fat people…..

    • 45caliber

      Many people in the past and in some parts of the world today, consider fat as a plus. For instance, any people who lives by what they can catch or personally grow (our ancestors) usually end up starving in the winter. So getting fat during the summer was a way of survival. We simply have the same DNA as they did.

  • Vigilant

    Leave it to the leftists at Yale to introduce the self esteem mantra to the the obesity problem.

  • Lisa

    Too much high fructose corn syrup in foods is what has been making people fatter than people used to be. Avoid it if you want to be leaner. Easier said than done as it’s in a wide variety of food and drinks…

    • http://www.sweetsalesgirl.com/Kuurus/ Charles Johnson

      If you believe in evolution, we evolved from a primate most tree dwellers of today eat fruit. High carbohydrate food stuff. God on the other hand had us eating oops fruit. It’s more a matter of our having abundance year round than of what we eat. plus those of us that are fat tend not to move enough.

  • 45caliber

    While I doubt that such campaigns contribute to obesity, regardless of what the psycologists might say, I also doubt that they are going to do any good either. Like drugs or alcohol, a person must WANT to be off it before they will change and food is no different.

  • JimH

    Am I eating these almonds now because of low self esteem or because they taste good?

  • Hubcap

    If only the diet pills were sold over the counter like in Mexico. Then people would feel they at least have a chance to combat the government cheese.

  • Clint B

    Actually, poor eating habits, such as eating a lot of cheap carbs, have been shown to have more to do with obesity than just about anything else. Lack of excersize is about even with poor eating habits for both obesity, and other heath problems such as high cholesterol (which leads to heart-attacks, strokes, ect,). So, people need to eat a healthy diet, and get out and move. There is nothing controversial about that!

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.mancuso.56 Dan Mancuso

      I agree with everything you said, except about cholesteral. Google Robert Barefoot’s explanation about it, he’s a micro-bioligist. Eating high cholesteral foods does not contribute to high colesteral in your blood, this myth was conjured up by Big Pharma and their paid lackeys at the FDA, the FTC and the AMA – it’s all about obscene profit and getting and keeping people sick and paying (cholesteral lowering drugs)
      Obesity is a choice. A bad choice, like watching TV, sending your kids to a public school, homosexuality, voting for either of the ‘two party’ candidates (especially the Democrats), drinking to excess, etc.
      STOP eating any processed foods, make your own from scratch.Get off your ass and out from infront of the idiot box and get some fresh air and exercise – regularly. And because Big Agri produces most of our food, it no longer contains enough nutrients – vitamins, minerals, trace metals etc – so you have to supplement those. But do it while you can because the cabal that is the FDA, FTC, Big Pharma and Big Agri are sucessessfully inhibiting your choice to do just that.
      Laziness causes people to be FAT! Period.

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