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Nutrition and Media

The media play a significant role in bringing nutrition information to the American public. This entry describes how the media influence food-related behaviors and how health professionals can use media to communicate nutrition issues to the public.

The media influence how Americans think and feel about food in relation to politics, culture, and health. Media help to form and to communicate cultural norms and images around nutrition, provide avenues for nutrition education, and create channels for food advertising and product promotion. Nutrition information has been communicated via a variety of media, including print, radio, television, and the Internet.

Media Effects on Health

The mass media exert both positive and negative effects on individuals and populations. The media may provide information on nutrition related to health conditions, such as ...

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