NEW YORK, April 2, 2010 The television news and entertainment media are missing the mark when it comes to communicating realistic and helpful information about health and weight to Americans, according to an expert media panel assembled today at Pace University in New York City. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance organized the program, called "Weighty Matters," to uncover some of the biggest hurdles in discussing size and weight and recommend ways to effectively and responsibly communicate the connection between health and weight to the public.
The program was unprecedented as it brought together for the first time NEDA and the Alliance as well as experts from the obesity and eating disorders communities. Representatives from NEDA and the Alliance said that increasing public concern about the rise in obesity has led to societal confusion about what's healthy and has created an unrealistic pressure to be thin.
"There persists a string of television network reality and drama programs focused on extreme weight loss. A flood of images featuring unrealistically thin models line magazines and ads. And a nearly $50 billion diet and weight loss industry hocks products in every venue possible. It's no wonder our country has a problem with weight," said Diana Williams of WABC-TV. "There is a lack of information and understanding about weight and health in our culture and it's resulting in both skyrocketing rates of obesity and eating disordered behavior."
Williams moderated a panel that included: Emme, Model and Activist, NEDA Ambassador; Dr. Max Gomez, Medical Reporter, WCBS-TV; Kate Dailey, Health and Lifestyles Editor, Newsweek.com; Wendy Naugle, Deputy Editor, Glamour Magazine; Dr. Donna Ryan, President, The Obesity Society; Jen Drexler, Partner, Just Ask a Woman; Joe Nadglowski, Jr., President & CEO, Obesity Action Coalition; and, Dr. Ovidio Bermudez,
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