alexa Public Reaction to the UK Government Strategy on Childhood Obesity in England | OMICS International
ISSN: 2471-9846
Journal of Community & Public Health Nursing

Like us on:

Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700+ peer reviewed, Open Access Journals that operates with the help of 50,000+ Editorial Board Members and esteemed reviewers and 1000+ Scientific associations in Medical, Clinical, Pharmaceutical, Engineering, Technology and Management Fields.
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Conferenceseries Events with over 600+ Conferences, 1200+ Symposiums and 1200+ Workshops on
Medical, Pharma, Engineering, Science, Technology and Business

Public Reaction to the UK Government Strategy on Childhood Obesity in England

Rebecca Gregg*, Sumaiya Patel, Ajay Patel and Laura O’Connor

Department of Health Professionals, Faculty of Health Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Campus, Manchester, UK

Corresponding Author:
Rebecca Gregg
Department of Health Professionals
Faculty of Health Psychology and Social Care
Manchester Metropolitan University
All Saints Campus, Manchester, UK
Tel: 0044 (1) 61 247 2428
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: May 20, 2017; Accepted date: May 24, 2017; Published date: May 31, 2017

Citation: Gregg R, Patel S, Patel A, O’Connor L (2017) Public Reaction to the UK Government Strategy on Childhood Obesity in England. J Comm Pub Health Nurs 3:176. doi:10.4172/2471-9846.1000176

Copyright: © 2017 Gregg R, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Visit for more related articles at Journal of Community & Public Health Nursing

Introduction

The UK is battling a childhood obesity epidemic with nearly a third of children in England currently overweight or obese [1]. Without action, these rates are predicted to increase to a point where nine in ten adults and two-thirds of children will be overweight or obese by 2050 [2]. In July 2016, the UK government published their strategy to tackle the childhood obesity crisis [3]. However, with recent public health strategies proving ineffective to stem rises in obesity thus far [4], evaluating the public reaction to the latest measure is essential

Aim

The aim of this research was to analyse user-generated comments made to online newspapers reports on the obesity strategy to record real time opinions and reactions to the publication of the strategy. A secondary aim was to examine likes/dislikes associated with comments for representativeness of overall themes.

Methods

Comments and associated likes and dislikes were collected from newspaper articles within 24 h of publication of the strategy. After applying criteria for inclusion and exclusion, three newspaper articles with 1704 associated comments were identified. An ethnographic (ethnography) approach was applied to interpret the comments and generate themes as previously described elsewhere in detail [5]. The top five most liked and disliked comments from each article were extracted and summarised as a proxy of agreement of the wider community with the identified themes. Comments were also classified as either positive or negative in response to the strategy.

Results and Discussion

It is well acknowledged that an effective policy is reliant on the directives being supported and adopted by the major stakeholders. The childhood obesity strategy lists schools, communities, families and individuals as stakeholders and is presented as the “start of a conversation” on a course of action to prevent obesity rates in children and therefore adults, continuing to rise. However, there was little engagement with these stakeholders in formulating the strategy. This work has opened up the conversation and placed public opinion central to the debate, we summarised public interest and their preferred action using the comments facility provided by online newspapers.

The public response to the policy was largely negative (94% of comments). Three major themes emerged from the data; paternalism or libertarianism, lobbyist influence and, anecdotal solutions. There were divergent views about the causes of obesity and the level of government intervention that there should be. Most prominently, comments demonstrated a suspicion of the relationship between the government and food industry and distrust on the grounds of profit seeking that placed industry interests before public health. Suggestions for solutions to the obesity problem were mostly anecdotal, nonevidence based and lacked utility. We also found large similarities between the attitudes and themes presented in the comments and those presented in the newspaper articles, highlighting the influential role of the media in communicating health messages and policy to the public.

Conclusion

The research demonstrated that the internet can be a source for public engagement, consultation and as a means to gauge public opinion. The themes identified here, particularly those of distrust and suspicion and the influential role the media had on public opinion on this occasion, informs the need for more public engagement and the active management of the publication of future strategies and public health policies. Public engagement through approaches such as this could stem public scepticism, apathy and enhance receptiveness.

References

Select your language of interest to view the total content in your interested language
Post your comment

Share This Article

Relevant Topics

Recommended Conferences

Article Usage

  • Total views: 613
  • [From(publication date):
    August-2017 - Sep 26, 2018]
  • Breakdown by view type
  • HTML page views : 563
  • PDF downloads : 50
 

Post your comment

captcha   Reload  Can't read the image? click here to refresh

Peer Reviewed Journals
 
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2018-19
 
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

bornova escort

Datta A

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Business & Management Journals

Ronald

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Chemistry Journals

Gabriel Shaw

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9040

Clinical Journals

Datta A

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Engineering Journals

James Franklin

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Food & Nutrition Journals

Katie Wilson

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

General Science

Andrea Jason

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9043

Genetics & Molecular Biology Journals

Anna Melissa

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9006

Immunology & Microbiology Journals

David Gorantl

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9014

Materials Science Journals

Rachle Green

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Nursing & Health Care Journals

Stephanie Skinner

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Medical Journals

Nimmi Anna

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9038

Neuroscience & Psychology Journals

Nathan T

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9041

Pharmaceutical Sciences Journals

Ann Jose

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9007

Social & Political Science Journals

https://www.gaziantepescort.info

Steve Harry

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

 
© 2008- 2018 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version
Leave Your Message 24x7