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Social media gives authorities ill health advice 90% of the time, study shows


  • Almost 90% of the impact of social media exchange misleading information about the health, according to new research.
  • The researchers examined nine of the largest authorities in the UK in the world of health and found that most of them presenting opinions as fact.
  • Experts say that it is "potentially dangerous," because to reach Influencers.
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People who want to lose weight, have been warned to stay away from social media influence, who argue that the latest diet fix, the researchers say.

A study conducted by a group of experts from Glasgow University found that only one of the nine leading British bloggers makes weight management claims in fact subject to accurate and reliable information.

Researchers examined the health of the most popular image of the country, based on those who have had more than 80,000 followers, at least one social media site, check at least two sites, such as Twitter, and who had an active weight management blog.

Lead author Christina Sabbah said: "We found that most of the blogs can not be considered reliable sources of information, weight management, since they often represent the opinion as fact, and did not meet the criteria of the UK supply.

"This is potentially harmful, as these blogs reach such a wide audience."

Although social media stars were not named in the study blogs in nine leading authorities, published in the period from May to June 2018 were analyzed and scored 12 criteria to demonstrate confidence.

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University team studied the requirements of health and diets made affecting whether a transparent, reliable, nutritionally sound, and included evidence-based data links. They also looked at the role of bias that has been put on the Internet.

Influential were regarded as having "passed" the test when they met on 70% or more of the criteria. The researchers also studied the past 10 food recipes from each blog to keep the energy, carbohydrate, protein, fat, saturated fat, fiber, sugar and salt content.

Results – presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (NPP) in Glasgow – showed that most bloggers could not be in the main sectors.

Five of them presented the opinion as fact, or is unable to provide evidence-based guidelines for the nutritional claims. Five are unable to provide a disclaimer, and, if the power has been examined for the purposes of public health in England calories and traffic criteria, Sun blogger did not meet these criteria.

With the consultation based on the blogs, the only one with the help of a registered dietitian with a degree passed as a whole, with 75%. The lowest satisfaction, 25% was from the Influencer without any nutritional training.

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The authors concluded: "Blog Social Media Influencers & # 39; not credible resources to manage the weight of the popularity and influence of social media in the context of the obesity epidemic requires all authorities should be required to meet accepted scientific or medically justified criteria to ensure weight loss. tips for online management ".

There Fry, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said: "This study adds evidence of the destructive power of social media Any Tom, Dick or Harry can take the air, post whatever they like and trust their followers ..

"It is particularly sad that the genie is now firmly out of the bottle and get the bloggers, to meet the standards, although desirable, is almost impossible.

"Bloggers will defend their right to freedom of expression to the hilt, but publishing tips harmful unforgivable."

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