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dc.contributor.authorJane, Monica
dc.contributor.authorHagger, Martin
dc.contributor.authorFoster, Jonathan
dc.contributor.authorHo, Suleen
dc.contributor.authorPal, Sebely
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-04T12:36:02Z
dc.date.available2019-07-04T12:36:02Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn1471-2458
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/s12889-018-5837-3
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/384368
dc.description.abstractBackground: In 2016 an estimated 1.9 billion adults world-wide were either overweight or obese. The health consequences of obesity are responsible for 2.8 million preventable deaths per year. The WHO now considers obesity as a global epidemic and recommends population-wide health promotion strategies to address this issue. Weight gain is caused by increased energy intake and physical inactivity, so treatment should focus on changes to behaviour regarding diet and physical activity. Discussion: The WHO has also recognised the importance of social resources as a valuable agent for behaviour change in health promotion. Social resources are translated at the community level as support provided by significant others such as family, partners and peers, in the form of information, material aid and encouragement. Social support has been shown to improve health and well-being, whereas social isolation has been shown to have a negative impact on health outcomes. Social support provided by peers has been shown to be a useful strategy to employ in weight management programmes. The documented increased use of ICT and social media has presented health promoters with a potentially useful medium to increase social support for weight management. Conclusion: While the use of social media for health promotion is an emerging field of investigation, preliminary research suggests that it increases participant engagement, and may provide a cost-effective tool to provide social support for individuals participating in weight management programmes. With stringent privacy protocols in place, social media may be a useful, cost-effective accompaniment to multifactorial weight management programmes. However more research is needed to identify how to make the best use of social media as health promotion tool.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherBMC
dc.relation.ispartofjournalBMC PUBLIC HEALTH
dc.relation.ispartofvolume18
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Services
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1117
dc.titleSocial media for health promotion and weight management: a critical debate
dc.typeJournal article
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dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
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gro.griffith.authorHagger, Martin S.


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