A current appraisal of health- and nutrition-related claims in magazine food advertisements

Xiaoli Nan, Rowena Briones, Hongmei Shen, Hua Jiang, Ai Zhang

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Abstract

This article reports a content analysis of health- and nutrition-related claims used in food advertisements in popular women's and men's magazines. The authors analyzed 734 food ads and 100 magazine issues. Their research shows that nutrient content claims (i.e., ones that focus on a specific nutrient component such as "low in fat") are the most predominantly used, followed by general nutrition claims, structure/function claims, and healthy claims. The least used category is health claims, in which the advertised food is linked to reduced risk of a disease or health problem. The use of health- and nutrition-related claims differs across different food groups and types of magazines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-277
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Health Communication
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Library and Information Sciences

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