A bibliometric analysis of obesity in marketing research

Onjewu, Adah-Kole, Sadraei, Razieh and Jafari-Sadeghi, Vahid (2022) A bibliometric analysis of obesity in marketing research. EuroMed Journal of Business. ISSN 1450-2194 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/EMJB-03-2022-0051


Purpose: In spite of wide civic and academic interest in obesity, there are no bibliometric records of this issue in the marketing corpus. Thus, this inquiry is conceived to address this shortcoming with a bibliometric analysis of Scopus indexed articles published on the subject. Design/methodology/approach: The analysis followed a five-step science mapping approach of study design, data collection, data analysis, data visualisation and data interpretation. R programming software was used to review 88 peer reviewed journals published between 1987 and 2021. Findings: A sizable stream of literature exploring obesity has accrued in the marketing area as authors have drawn parallels between the influence of persuasive communication and advertising on human wellbeing and child health. The United States of America is found to be by far the country with the highest number of publications on obesity, followed by Australia and the United Kingdom. The topic dendrogram indicates two strands of obesity discourse: (1) social and policy intervention opportunities and (2) the effects on social groups in the population. Research limitations/implications: This review will shape future enquiries investigating obesity. Beyond the focus on children, males and females, an emerging focus on cola, ethics, food waste, milk, policy-making and students is highlighted. Originality/value: This is the first bibliometric review of obesity in the marketing literature. This is especially timely for weighing up the utility of research aimed at understanding and reporting the trends, influences and role of stakeholders in addressing obesity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Advertising, Bibliometrics, Health, Marketing, Obesity, Policy
Subjects: L100 Economics
N300 Finance
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2022 12:32
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2022 12:45
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/50223

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