Event Title

Narratives of Obesity: Obesity-Related Personal Testimonies Influence Support for Public Health Policy

Location

Science Center, Bent Corridor

Start Date

9-26-2014 12:00 PM

End Date

9-26-2014 1:20 PM

Poster Number

38

Abstract

Every day, the conversation around obesity as a health crisis grows in strength. More people are joining in the discourse—how to define, how to identify, how to treat, and how to cure obesity. As the conversation grows, it becomes wise to determine how this discourse is informing stakeholders’ relationships with obesity and potential healthcare policies to fight it. It has been shown already that testimonies that demonstrate an individual’s acceptance of personal responsibility encourage the belief in treatment for obesity. Here we seek to identify the interaction between audience positionality and personal testimonies. How does the health status, class, and politics of a person reading other individuals’ personal testimonies influence the reception of these messages?

Award

Oberlin College Research Fellow (OCRF)

Project Mentor(s)

Paul Thibodeau, Psychology

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Narratives of Obesity: Obesity-Related Personal Testimonies Influence Support for Public Health Policy

Science Center, Bent Corridor

Every day, the conversation around obesity as a health crisis grows in strength. More people are joining in the discourse—how to define, how to identify, how to treat, and how to cure obesity. As the conversation grows, it becomes wise to determine how this discourse is informing stakeholders’ relationships with obesity and potential healthcare policies to fight it. It has been shown already that testimonies that demonstrate an individual’s acceptance of personal responsibility encourage the belief in treatment for obesity. Here we seek to identify the interaction between audience positionality and personal testimonies. How does the health status, class, and politics of a person reading other individuals’ personal testimonies influence the reception of these messages?