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Social Media may lead the children to eat more, study reports

We live in the world of technological advancement. The pace at which development is taking place is astounding. Unknowingly we are exposed to the world of social media that now essentially governs our life. Be it be updating a status on Facebook, or liking your friend’s photo on Instagram. There is no denying that all of us spend a considerable amount of our time on social websites.

But what is so bad about social media?

Well, in itself it might not appear to be of any disadvantage. Yet, there are a number of external consequences that occur as a result. What is more unfortunate is that children are the ones at the receiving end.

Kids nowadays tend to spend most of their time looking up blogger videos or having their own accounts!

Interestingly enough, a group of researchers had a valuable deduction to make in that regard. According to their study findings, children spending excessive time on social media may end up consuming more calories.

Which really means our younger generation is putting itself at risk of obesity and other related illnesses.

The Vlog Experiment

Dr Anna Coates, from the School of Psychology at the University of Liverpool, led a team of researchers to investigate the cause. Dr Coates examined around 175 students who were aged between 9 and 11. Subsequently, the children were divided into groups of three, all of them showed videos of top social media bloggers.

The first group members were shown a vlog of a person with an iPhone but not eating anything. In contrast to the first, the other two groups consisted of images of vloggers eating. The second video showed pictures of healthy items like fruits and vegetables. The last group had to watch the person in the vlog consuming junk food.

Once the social media video watching part was over, the children had to undergo another activity. This time they were asked to choose between unhealthy snacks and healthy snacks. Keeping in mind the time constraint, the decision had to be made within 10 minutes.

Dr Coates observed the behaviour thoroughly and noted down her observation in her findings.

Social Media & Obesity in Children

When the experiment concluded, the researchers had interesting judgements to make.

From what was noticed was that children who watched the first and the second video did not have their eating behavior affected. They were not much inclined towards healthy food. Nor did they have a compulsive urge to ingest junk items.

However, the third video did have an impact on the kids behavior. In one way or the other, the children ended up consuming more junk than they would possibly do. In fact, the number of calories taken in were 32 percent more than the first two groups. All in all, watching a video of a social media vlogger eating junk did have a role to play in the kids dietary habits.

The research also states that the application of the experiment can well be applied in daily life. A majority of the young population would spend a great amount of time on social media. This comes at a cost of not acknowledging the unwarranted changes in our behaviour. One such change entails eating more than usual. As a result, increasing the chances of obesity.



Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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