Himes and Thompson performed a content analysis of television and movie scenes where overweight people were made fun of. They found that "fat stigmatization commentary" was often verbal and often stated in the presence of the overweight person. They also found that male characters were 3 times more likely than female characters to engage in overweight humor.
Two other studies out this week:
- Margeirsdottir et al. Strong association between time spent watching television and blood glucose control in children and adolescents with type-1 diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Care.
Finding: "Extensive TV watching is associated with poor blood glucose control in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes."
- Adam et al. Sleep timing and quantity in ecological and family context: A nationally representative time-diary study. Journal of Family Psychology.
Finding: For children, more time spent watching television predicted fewer hours of sleep.