Mass Media Effects

JMC 330 Obesity Research Paper

AnnMarie F. Oldani

Abstract/Description

Our topic for our research paper is obesity. We aim to show how mass media affects obesity, how we view body image about ourselves and others. Because media surrounds us and consumes us, we are so obsessed and addicted to our phones, TV, music, and other media sources. We want to discuss the effects of media and how they affect our everyday lives. Our target audience is college students and how students choose unhealthy lifestyles because it’s quick and convenient. We look at social media sites such as Instagram to see celebrities with a skinny and toned figures and we view at them as perfect. We see ourselves as overweight or too skinny when in reality, we are actually healthy. We use media sources to see ourselves and view others in a different way. We also want to show an experiment and use a clip from the documentary, Super-Size Me to show the effects of media and obesity. We strongly believe that obesity is a huge problem in the United States and to help prevent further obesity issues, there is help on social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for healthy eating tips and exercise videos. Our method of investigation will include giving a survey to our peers to determine their thoughts and opinions over the media content we will show them. Once we have collected the data from our peers, we will then develop the questions for the second part of our research. In today’s media we are bombarded with images of fit, skinny people as if that’s how everyone should look. But people selling the product of fast food aren’t necessarily aiming towards those market they are aiming towards people who love eating fast food, i.e. college students. This makes it difficult to be conscious of how healthy we truly are and take into consideration how we’re treating our bodies.

 

JMC 330 Obesity Research Paper

Our topic for our research paper is obesity. We aim to show how mass media affects obesity, how we view body image about ourselves and others. Because media surrounds us and consumes us, we are so obsessed and addicted to our phones, TV, music, and other media sources. We want to discuss the effects of media and how they affect our everyday lives. Our target audience is college students and how students choose unhealthy lifestyles because it’s quick and convenient. We look at social media sites such as Instagram to see celebrities with a skinny and toned figures and we view at them as perfect. We see ourselves as overweight or too skinny when in reality, we are actually healthy. We use media sources to see ourselves and view others in a different way. We also want to show an experiment and use a clip from the documentary, Super-Size Me to show the effects of media and obesity. We strongly believe that obesity is a huge problem in the United States and to help prevent further obesity issues, there is help on social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for healthy eating tips and exercise videos. Our method of investigation will include giving a survey to our peers to determine their thoughts and opinions over the media content we will show them. Once we have collected the data from our peers, we will then develop the questions for the second part of our research. In today’s media we are bombarded with images of fit, skinny people as if that’s how everyone should look. But people selling the product of fast food aren’t necessarily aiming towards those market they are aiming towards people who love eating fast food, i.e. college students. This makes it difficult to be conscious of how healthy we truly are and take into consideration how we’re treating our bodies.