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Acta Paediatr. 2018 Apr;107(4):568-576. doi: 10.1111/apa.14136. Epub 2017 Nov 22.

Reviewing and addressing the link between mass media and the increase in obesity among European children: The European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP) and The European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG) consensus statement.

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1
Medical Faculty, University of Rzeszów, Rzeszów, Poland.
2
European Childhood Obesity Group, Brindisi, Italy.
3
Paediatrician - Nutritionist, Brindisi, Italy.
4
Division of Pediatrics, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
5
Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
6
Department of Pediatrics, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria.
7
University Children's Hospital Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
8
Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, The Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland.
9
Good Clinical Practice Alliance - Europe (GCPA), Brussels, Belgium.
10
Our Ladys Childrens Hospital Crumlin, Dublin 12, Ireland.
11
School of Medicine, European University Cyprus, Engomi, Cyprus.
12
Paediatric Department, Larnaca General Hospital, Larnaca, Cyprus.

Abstract

This study reviewed the link between social media and the growing epidemic of childhood obesity in Europe. A task force from the European Academy of Paediatrics and the European Childhood Obesity Group searched published literature and developed a consensus statement. It found that there was evidence of a strong link between obesity levels across European countries and childhood media exposure and that parents and society needed a better understanding of the influence of social media on dietary habits.

CONCLUSION:

Health policies in Europe must take account of the range of social media influences that promote the development of childhood obesity.

KEYWORDS:

Childhood obesity; Consensus statement; Food advertising; Mass media; Obesity prevention

PMID:
29164673
DOI:
10.1111/apa.14136

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