ERIC Number: ED305680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May-14
An Analysis of Television Family Nutrition and Eating Habits.
Larson, Mary S.
To describe the eating habits of the children and adults on several popular prime time television series, this study examined the latent content of television messages concerned with health care and nutrition. A sample of nine episodes of "The Cosby Show,""Growing Pains" and "Family Ties," during the 1986-87 season was studied. Each program was analyzed with regard to what was eaten, by whom, and at what meal or snack (200 servings of food were coded in all). Findings show that (1) on television, children eat more selections of healthy food than adults do (the study revealed patterns of unhealthy eating choices by adults); and (2) 50% of the food items consumed on these programs are consumed as snacks. (Seven tables of data are included.) (MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Kansas City, MO, April 13-16, 1989).