Like the discipline of lifestyle medicine, the role of consumer magazines in promoting healthy lifestyles can hardly be elucidated in a brief description. The purpose of this entry is to help readers understand the issues in the coverage of health topics by the variety of consumer magazines and media professionals.

Similarities and Differences within the Magazine World

For almost 20 years, the Consumer Magazines Digest has provided a monthly 8-page overview of what approximately 50 U.S. and Canadian magazines are writing about nutrition and food-related topics such as heart disease and cancer, obesity and dieting, fitness, “nutraceuticals,” food safety, and alternative medicine. As a result, the Digest provides a useful synopsis of current topics and trends in this medium.

Consumer magazines vary widely and differ in target readership ...

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