Bad Diet and Fitness Advice are Given by Social Media InfluencersPeople who wish to reduce are warned to remain faraway from social media influencers who claim to possess the newest diet fix, researchers say.
A team at the University of Glasgow studied and found that just one out of nine leading UK bloggers making weight management claims actually provided accurate and trustworthy information.
The health researchers studied the country’s hottest influencers, supported those that had quite 80,000 followers on a minimum of one social media site, verification from a minimum of two sites like Twitter, and who had a lively weight management blog.
Lead author Christina Sabbagh said: “We found that the bulk of the blogs couldn't be considered credible sources of weight management information, as they often presented opinion as fact and did not meet UK nutritional criteria.
“This is potentially harmful, as these blogs reach such a good audience.”
Although the social media stars weren't named within the study, blogs by nine top influencers published between May and June 2018 were analyzed and scored against 12 criteria to demonstrate credibility.
The university team examined whether the health and diet claims made by influencers were transparent, trustworthy, nutritionally sound and included evidence-based references. They also checked out the role of bias in what was put online.
Influencers were considered having “passed” the test if they met 70 percent or more of the standards. Researchers also examined the newest 10 meal recipes from each blog for energy content, carbohydrates, protein, fat, saturated fat, fiber, sugar and salt content.
Five of them presented opinion as fact or did not provide evidence-based references for nutritional claims. five did not provide a disavowal of responsibility and when meals were examined against Public Health England calorie targets and traffic signal criteria.
Of the advice-based blogs, just one by a registered nutritionist with a degree passed overall, with 75 percent. rock bottom compliance, 25 percent, was from an influencer with none nutritional qualifications.
Christina Sabbagh concluded that Social media influencers aren't credible resources for health and fitness management. The impact of social media within the context of the obesity epidemic suggests all influencers should be required to satisfy accepted scientifically or medically justified criteria for the supply of weight management advice online.
The National Obesity Forum, said: “This study adds to the evidence of the destructive power of social media. The influencers can fancy the ether, post whatever they like and be believed by their followers.
“Particularly unfortunate is that the genie is now firmly out of the bottle and getting these bloggers to evolve to standards, though desirable, are going to be nigh impossible.