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The use of social media in nutrition interventions for adolescents and young adults-A systematic review.

A new interesting article has been published in Int J Med Inform. 2018 Dec;120:77-91. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2018.10.001. Epub 2018 Oct 6. Review and titled:

The use of social media in nutrition interventions for adolescents and young adults-A systematic review.

Authors of this article are:

Chau MM, Burgermaster M, Mamykina L.

A summary of the article is shown below:

OBJECTIVE: Social media is a potentially engaging way to support adolescents and young adults in maintaining healthy diets and learning about nutrition. This review identifies interventions that use social media to promote nutrition, examines their content and features, and evaluates the evidence for the use of such platforms among these groups.MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a systematic search of 5 databases (PubMed, CINAHL, EMBASE, PsycINFO, and ACM Digital Library) for studies that included: 1) adolescents and/or young adults (ages 10-19; ages 18-25); 2) a nutrition education or behavior change intervention component, or outcomes related to nutrition knowledge or dietary changes; and 3) a social media component that allowed users to communicate or share information with peers.RESULTS: 16 articles were identified that included a social media component in a nutrition-related intervention for adolescents or young adults. Interventions included features in 7 categories: social media; communication; tracking health; education; tailoring; social support; and gamification. 11 out of the 16 studies had at least one significant nutrition-related clinical or behavioral outcome.CONCLUSION: Social media is a promising feature for nutrition interventions for adolescents and young adults. A limited number of studies were identified that included social media. A majority of the identified studies had positive outcomes. We found that most studies utilized only basic social media features, did not evaluate the efficacy of social media components, and did not differentiate between the efficacy of social media compared to other delivery mechanisms.Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Adolescent;Diet;Nutrition;Social media;Young adult


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