How Media Influences Our Health

1144 Words May 7th, 2011 5 Pages
Television and Your Health Media can be helpful as a tool to promote healthy living and lifestyles. News broadcasts can influence society’s views on how to be healthy. These broadcasts do this by illustrating how to make healthy choices. News broadcasts have the ability to shift society’s focus from obesity and weight loss to healthier eating and being more active. They draw attention to the need for policies on things such as fast food marketing to youth and the quality of foods in schools. News programs promote healthy eating by shaping people’s perceptions of nutrition and physical activity issues. Any news channel has the ability to encourage your views on health. Reporting only one side of a story can lead to society …show more content…
How about a healthier and safer way to go about feeding your children? In covering the same issue “CNN” reported on a study: “Released by Yale University 's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, which examined 12 popular restaurant chains and found only 12 out of more than 3,000 kids ' meal combinations met the nutritional guidelines for preschool-aged kids. The study said the fast food industry spent $4.2 billion on advertising in 2009 and found that 40 percent of preschool-aged children ask to go to McDonald 's on a weekly basis, and 15 percent ask on a daily basis. Also, 84 percent of parents say they 've taken their children to eat fast food at least once in the past week” (Martinez) Even though it took a satire approach to the story of banning toys in happy meals that don’t meet nutritional guidelines for children this news program made people aware of just how unhealthy fast food is for children. It also gave rise to the question if the food from a fast food chain is not good enough for children how is it good enough for an adult? Provided the facts, not recognizing that Television influences health and wellness in a positive manner is simply illogical. Television is a source of knowledge when it comes to making healthy choices in life. What is even better is that everyone can have access to a television whether it is at a gym, at home, in a restaurant, even in jail. Television shows help us to make the right
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