"Let's Move" Campaign: Applying the Extended Parallel Process Model
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Soc. Work Public Health
Child obesity; communication; extended parallel process model; fear; appeals; health; CHILDHOOD OBESITY; FEAR APPEALS; PREVENTION; FIGHT; RISK; FAT; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health; Social Work
This article examines Michelle Obama's health campaign, "Let's Move," through the lens of the extended parallel process model (EPPM). "Let's Move" aims to reduce the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States. Developed by Kim Witte, EPPM rests on the premise that people's attitudes can be changed when fear is exploited as a factor of persuasion. Fear appeals work best (a) when a person feels a concern about the issue or situation, and (b) when he or she believes to have the capability of dealing with that issue or situation. Overall, the analysis found that "Let's Move" is based on past health campaigns that have been successful. An important element of the campaign is the use of fear appeals (as it is postulated by EPPM). For example, part of the campaign's strategies is to explain the severity of the diseases associated with obesity. By looking at the steps of EPPM, readers can also understand the strengths and weaknesses of "Let's Move."
Social Work in Public Health
""Let's Move" Campaign: Applying the Extended Parallel Process Model" (2014). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 5037.