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Introduction The scenarios for moral panics change but in the history of such panics, areas of commonality can be seen and are certainly characteristic of panic about obesity (Rosenberg 1992). In many moral panic scenarios there is, at some level, a real problem. Experts have fundamental disagreements about the nature, cause, consequences and appropriate responses to the problem and these disagreements are researched and argued in academic fora. At the same time the media "feasts" on the topic; on one level as a voice for the debate but also as a mechanism for creating a feedback loop in which widely perpetrated myths become accepted wisdom and the public (and many health professionals) are unlikely to attempt to access objective information. In most western nations the media frenzy about body size has reached historic levels with television especially, featuring more and more 'reality' programs which purport to address the crisis of obesity and lifestyle.