The health movement is sweeping the United States in full force right now. We watch TV shows, read books, and conduct research on the best way to lose weight and stay healthy. From the time I was a child and first watched television up until now I have noticed the public media changing. The media is one of the largest avenues to promote social change.
Generally a key component the media has used to promote anything is to use a famous actor or actress. In regards to the weight loss movement we see this on weight watchers commercials. Everyday Americans like to watch success stories because they feel like they will be able to accomplish weight loss too. Weight Watchers is a global entity yet it contains smaller branches located in local communities throughout the US. Weight Watchers is a prime example of community based weight loss efforts. Participatory research is placing researchers inside of the community and when they are trying to learn about issues within the community. (Yarwood, l. 13 p.1) Weight Watchers has taken the knowledge that individuals need outside support to lose weight and created a place for that. There are group meetings that bring people together to share their struggles and as a result they end up encouraging each other to keep going. This is key especially when one cheats on their diet and ends up not losing as much weight as they would like.