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Overweight and Obesity in Local Media: An Analysis of Media Coverage in CDC-Funded Communities


Causes of and solutions for overweight or obesity mentioned in newspaper and television news items, June 2011 through May 2013. The Nexis database (6) and News Data Services (7) database were searched for print newspaper articles and for transcripts of television coverage longer than 30 seconds. News items were coded and analyzed for mention of overweight or obesity causes or solutions.

Cause or Solution Newspaper, % Television, %
Any individual cause 51 20
Any environmental cause 32 6
Both individual and environmental causes 23 2
Any individual solution 67 26
Any environmental solution 75 29
Both individual and environmental solutions 52 7

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