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
A. Mazur; M. Caroli; I. Radziewicz-Winnicki; P. Nowicka; D. Weghuber; D. Neubauer; Ł. Dembiński; F. P. Crawley; M. White; A. Hadjipanayis
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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.