The “Reality” of Health: Reality Television and the Public Health

This discussion paper prepared by Lewis and Clark College communications professor Peter Christenson and American University communications assistant professor Maria Ivancin was released by the Kaiser Family Foundation at a forum to examine the implications of reality TV serving as a health information resource. The paper helped facilitate the dialogue, and explores common health-related themes in reality shows, as well as possible implications for viewers.

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