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Title: Grupos sobre alimentación saludable en Facebook: Características y contenidos
Other Titles: Healthy eating support groups on Facebook: Content and features
Author: Leis, Ángela
Mayer Pujadas, Miguel Ángel
Torres Niño, Javier
Rodríguez González, Alejandro
Suelves, Josep M  
Armayones, Manuel  
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Citation: Leis, A., Mayer, M., Torres Niño, J., Rodríguez González, A., Suelves, J.M. & Armayones Ruiz, M. (2013). Grupos sobre alimentación saludable en Facebook: Características y contenidos. Gaceta Sanitaria, 27(4), 355-357. doi: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2012.12.010
Abstract: Objective, to determine the features and use of groups related to healthy eating on Facebook. Method, we carried out a cross-sectional study through the Internet. Using the API on Facebook, we included open groups related to healthy eating in the Spanish language. The variables studied were name, description, category, the number and gender of users, date of creation, number of posts, content of the first 20 posts, and the most recent update. Results, we selected 281 open groups for inclusion in the study. Of these, 125 were excluded because the content was unrelated to healthy eating. Finally 156 groups were studied with 14,619 users (10,373 women [71%] and 3,919 men [26.8%]). Dietary products were promoted by 40% of the groups. Conclusions: Facebook is used as a means of communication and for sharing health information. Because many of these groups promote dietary products, their usefulness for health education is doubtful. Health organizations should participate in social media.
Keywords: social media
health education
healthy eating
DOI: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2012.12.010
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Version: info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Issue Date: 29-Jan-2013
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