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Published in: Current Obesity Reports 1/2024

06-01-2024 | Eating Disorder | REVIEW

Media Literacy Practices to Prevent Obesity and Eating Disorders in Youth

Authors: Christopher Kit Kaiser, Zena Edwards, Erica Weintraub Austin

Published in: Current Obesity Reports | Issue 1/2024

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Abstract

Purpose of Review

Obesity and eating disorders share common issues related to media use and effects, especially in the USA. Current research increasingly demonstrates that media literacy can address this problem. This narrative review highlights current media literacy–based research for obesity and eating disorder prevention among youth.

Recent Findings

Current research using media literacy techniques to prevent obesity indicates that these interventions improve nutrition outcomes, improve family communication about food, improve critical thinking about food advertisements, reduce sugar and fat intake, and reduce screen use for parents and youth. In addition, eating disorder research reveals that media literacy techniques lead to higher scores of body satisfaction and self-esteem, with lower scores of perfectionism, thinness, and ideal masculinity.

Summary

There is a need for media literacy–based interventions to focus on family communication to prevent obesity and eating disorders. Furthermore, there should be more focus on identified levels of prevention and specific clinical outcomes.
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Metadata
Title
Media Literacy Practices to Prevent Obesity and Eating Disorders in Youth
Authors
Christopher Kit Kaiser
Zena Edwards
Erica Weintraub Austin
Publication date
06-01-2024
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Current Obesity Reports / Issue 1/2024
Electronic ISSN: 2162-4968
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s13679-023-00547-8

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