23/09/2021 (Thursday) 13:00-14:00 E21B-G002

Obesity Communication with Etiology and Disease

The fact that the number of population suffering from obesity has increased worldwide calls into question on media efforts for informing the public. This research attempts to determine the ways in which the mainstream digital news covers the etiology of obesity and diseases associated with the burden of obesity.

The 10 years of news text from 2010-2019 compared the development of obesity coverage and its potential impact on perception in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. An automatic content analysis and programming language Python 3 are employed to explore connections and patterns created by the aggregated interactions.

The burden of obesity and cardiovascular diseases are implied the most. This study goes beyond traditional journalism studies by extending the framework of computational and customizable online texts analysis. This could set a norm for researchers and practitioners who work on the data projects largely for an innovative attempt.

Speaker’s Short Information

Angela Chang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at University of Macau & serves as an external researcher in the Institute of Communication and Health at Lugano University, Switzerland. Her research interests are in exploring the intersections of publication health, digital technologies, and food consumption. Much of her recent work has been on improving the understanding of media’s function in health communication efforts, mainly through the application of data mining and modeling. She has published over 25 indexed journal articles.