Who are the experts? Examining the online promotion of misleading and harmful nutrition information

Heather Horsburgh, David Barron

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Abstract

There is a proliferation of websites, blogs, and social media accounts focused on providing weight loss, muscle gain, health and fitness information and products. Whilst there are positives to this focus on health and nutrition, the sharing of misinformation is problematic. Even when the information communicated has some supportive evidence and is not wholly inaccurate, the way in which messages are communicated can be harmful. This chapter provides a review of the literature relating to social and psychological harm of nutrition misinformation specifically by applying it to online contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Misinformation and Social Harm in Non-Science Based Health Practices
Subtitle of host publicationA Multidisciplinary Perspective
EditorsAnita Lavorgna, Anna Di Ronco
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Chapter8
Pages100-115
Number of pages16
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9780429424434
ISBN (Print)9781138388666
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2019

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