The Impact of Content-Based Network Technologies on Perceptions of Nutrition Literacy

Hannah Brewer, E. Mitchell Church, Steven L. Brewer

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Abstract

Background: Consumers are exposed to obesogenic environments on a regular basis. Building nutrition literacy is critical for sustaining healthy dietary habits for a lifetime and reducing the prevalence of chronic disease. Purpose: There is a need to investigate the impact of content-based network (CBN) technologies on perceptions of nutrition literacy because use of content-based networks has increased indefinitely. Methods: A quantitative survey analyzed by structural equation modeling was used to examine 3 CBN characteristics: serendipitous nutrition discovery, nutrition information management, and social modeling in relation to nutrition self-efficacy and perceptions of nutrition literacy among a sample of undergraduate students (N = 349). Results: Users of the website Pinterest, the most popular CBN, provide support that perception of the CBN's ability to provide access to new and interesting nutrition content impacts feelings of self-efficacy when making dietary decisions. Translation to Health Education Practice: Content-based networks such as Pinterest may serve as a viable tool for increasing nutrition literacy by enhancing self-efficacy around nutrition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-252
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Education
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2016

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nutrition
Self Efficacy
literacy
Technology
Information Management
Aptitude
self-efficacy
Feeding Behavior
Health Education
Self Concept
Decision Making
Emotions
Chronic Disease
Students
Literacy
information management
health promotion
self-image
habits
website

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  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Brewer, Hannah ; Church, E. Mitchell ; Brewer, Steven L. / The Impact of Content-Based Network Technologies on Perceptions of Nutrition Literacy. In: American Journal of Health Education. 2016 ; Vol. 47, No. 4. pp. 243-252.
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In: American Journal of Health Education, Vol. 47, No. 4, 03.07.2016, p. 243-252.

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