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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