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Youtube Videos Promote Anorexia as Healthy Lifestyle

Youtube Videos Promote Anorexia as Healthy Lifestyle

YouTube is fast gaining popularity among American and European health-care providers, not just as a video repository but also as a social network where users build trust with comments and favorites. However, nearly one-third of all anorexia-related videos on YouTube promote anorexia as a healthy lifestyle, according to this review of 140 videos. The authors’ advice on the best way to combat this misinformation: Health authorities need to enlist celebrities and models to become spokespeople in more informative videos.


RESULT:
  Misleading Health-Related Information Promoted Through Video-Based Social Media: Anorexia on YouTube
Journal of Medical Internet Research | Feb 13, 2013 (FREE FULL TEXT)



On the other hand, treatment programs administered through the web have the potential to improve eating disorder psychopathology, according to this pilot study. For the more than 50% of participants who completed a six-week web-based treatment program, significant improvements were found in eating disorder psychopathology, as well as in body dissatisfaction, quality of life, and physical and mental health, which were largely sustained for up to six months. The authors describe how a web-based treatment program could become an accessible first step in care for eating disorders, with patients who need more help being referred for more intensive treatment.

RESULT:
Web-Based Treatment Program Using Intensive Therapeutic Contact for Patients With Eating Disorders: Before-After Study
Journal of Medical Internet Research | Feb 4, 2013 (FREE FULL TEXT)


 

 
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