Morality and Health : News Media Constructions of Overweight and Eating Disorders

  title={Morality and Health : News Media Constructions of Overweight and Eating Disorders},
  author={Abigail Cope Saguy},
This article examines how widely shared cultural values shape social problem construction and, in turn, can reproduce social inequality. To do so, we draw on a comparative case study of American news reporting on eating disorders and overweight/obesity between 1995 and 2005. In the contemporary United States, thinness is associated with high social status and taken as evidence of moral virtue. In contrast, fatness is linked to low status and seen as a sign of sloth and gluttony. Drawing on an… CONTINUE READING
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