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Disney Channel Analysis

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This study recorded the Disney Channel over the span of five week days, focusing only on the shows provided through the network and not on commercials. By observing and recording the food related scenes (FRS) and comparing them to the MyPlate recommendations of food servings the content of the show is evaluated for how food is portrayed towards the tween generation. A complicated equation called the Ratio of Recommended to Restricted Food Components, the RRR, was used on the foods shown during the program to analyze their nutritional value. Any food with an RRR score of less than 1 was considered unhealthy, while anything above a 1 was considered more nutritional. Food showed in the programs were organized according to MyPlates categories of fruit, grains, vegetables, dairy, proteins and other. The category “other” meaning the food essentially had no nutritional value or category. Almost all FRS were related to snacking and not meals, additionally 42% of the food shown fell into the category “other.” Even when…show more content…
These years are commonly called the “tween” years, when a child enters puberty for adulthood. Children at this age watch about 5 hours of television in a day, because of their age they are often left alone by without adult supervision, to control the remote and watch whatever they want. The freedom to choose their television show has an influence on the media that they are exposing themselves to. As Roseman (2014) states “Although the presence of food in television programs may not be designed to provide an explicit nutrition-focused message, it does expose children to positive and negative food messages, through the placement of food into the story.” Tween-aged children desire to fit in with their peers, and one way they learn subconsciously to blend in to their society is through television, with actors and actresses that are directed towards their age
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