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Thei nf l uenceofwat chi ngt el evi si on ONCHI L DRE NDE VE L OPME NT Howt oc r eat eaheal t hi ergr owi ng env i r onment f ory ourk i ds Ev enbef or es t arngs c hool acv ies ,c hi l dr en ar epl uggedi nt ot hewor l doft el ev i s i on;and manyoft hemev ens i nc et hei rear l ymont hs . Di v er s es t udi ess howt hatt hefir s ty ear sofa c hi l dar ec r uc i al f ort hei rdev el opmentoft he br ai nandt henega v ei nfluenc et hatt el ev i s i on br i ngsbei ngoneoft hemos tpr ev al entmedi ai n ac hi l d’ sl i f e,c oul dl eadt os ev er eheal t hi s s ues l at eron.TVc angeti nt hewayofex pl or i ng, i nt er acngandpl ay i ngwi t hot her sandi tc oul d c er t ai nl yi nfluenc et hec hi l d’ sbehav i orort r eat mentt oot her s .Ex c es s i v et el ev i s i onv i ewi ng c oul dal t ert hei rs c hool per f or manc eandt hei r br ai nandemo onal dev el opment .Ev ent hough t el ev i s i oni saneas yandc ommonwayt ok eep t hek i dsent er t ai ned,par ent ss houl dhandl et hi s mor ec ar ef ul l yands houl dpr ov i deaheal t hi er gr owi ngenv i r onmentf ort hek i ds .Asmanyot her t hi ngsi nl i f e,t her ei sbot habads i deandagood s i det owat c hi ngt el ev i s i on.. Thei mpor t anc ei st o k eept hev i ewi ngsmoder at e,andt hi sc anonl y bedet er mi nedbyt hepar ent s .S ohowdoes t el ev i s i onv i ewi ngi nfluenc ey ourc hi l dr en’ s dev el opment ?Momsanddads :k eepr eadi ng!

Asac hi l d, i ti sha r dt oa v oi dwa t c hi ngt e l e v i s i on. T hema i nr e a s onwhyac hi l dwa t c he s t e l e v i s i oni sbe c a us eac hi l d’ sT Vv i e wi ng ha bi t sa r emos t l yi nflue nc e dbyt heha bi t s opt e dbyt hepa r e nt s( a nds i bl i ng s ) . Chi l dr e n t e ndt oc opypa e r nst he ys e ewi t hi nt he f a mi l y . Whe nha v i ngaba by s ie rt a k i ngc a r e oft he ma thome , whi l et hepa r e nt st he ms e l v e sa r enota r ound, i to e nha ppe nst ha t ba by s ie r sdonotwa ntt obebot he r e da nd t r i yt ok e e pt hek i dsqui e twi t ht hehe l pofa ( e v e nr a ndom)T Vpr og r a m. Ot he rr e a s ons whyc hi l dr e nwa t c hs omuc hT Va r e : -Chi l dr e nha v i nga c c e s st oaT Vi nt he i r be dr oom -L i v i ngi na ni ns e c ur ee nv i r onme ntout s i det he i rhome -Adi s t a ntr e l a ons hi pbe t we e nt hepa r e nt sa ndt hec hi l d -Al a c kofa cv ie soffe r e di nt hec ommu ni t yori ns i det hehous e T e l e v i s i oni so e ns e e na sas ubst ut e ba by s ie r


Asweal l k now,t el ev i s i oni sher et os t ayandt he i mpor t antpar ti showpar ent sus ei ti nt hei r f av or .TVs houl dnotbes eenasamenac et o par ent swhenr ai s i ngt hei rc hi l dr en.TVc anbea hel pf ul medi umf orpar ent sbutonl yi ft he boundar i esandr ul esar ec l ear l ys et .I tc anal s o t ar getac hi l d’ sdev el opmenti napos iv eway andc r eat eani nt er esnggr owi ngenv i r onment . Thenex tpoi nt sex pl ai nhowt el ev i s i onpr ogr ammi ngc anal s ohav eapos iv ei nfluenc eony our k i d: Tel ev i s i onc anhel pi nc r eas et hec hi l d’ s i nt er es t sbec aus ei tex pos eshi mt oav ar i et yof newt opi c swhi c hheors hemi ghtnothav ehear d ofors eenbef or e.Notonl yac hi l d’ si magi na on andi nt er es t sar esmul at edbutt heyal s o bec omemor ek nowl edgeabl e. -I ti samas smedi ai ns t r umentt hateas i l y c r eat esawar enes saboutdi v er s et opi c st hata par entc andi s c us swi t hhi sc hi l dwhenneeded. Whet heri tc onc er nsdi ffer entk i ndsofi l l nes s , pol l u on,gl obal war mi ng,TVhass howni tal l . Tel ev i s i onhashadt hemos teffec tonhumansof al l t hek nownmedi a. -Chi l dr enc anl ear naboutnat ur e,wi l dl i f e, wat c ht henewsandl ear naboutwhatgoesoni n t hewor l d( wi t hpar ent al s uper v i s i on) .Pr es c hool er sc angethel pl ear ni ngaboutani mal s ,t he al phabetandbev i s ual l ysmul at edbypr ogr ams whi c har emos t l yai r edonpubl i ct el ev i s i on.Ther e i snodoubtt hatt el ev i s i onc anbeagoodeduc at orandawonder f ul s t or y t el l er .Tel ev i s i onc oul d bei ns omec as esmor eeffecv et hanbook sor audi ot apesi nt eac hi ngy ourk i daboutt as k ss uc h asf orex ampl ebak i ngc ook i es . -Car t oonsar eas oot hi ngandr el ax i ng f ac t orf ory ourc hi l d’ sdev el opment ,ac c or di ngt o ar es ear c hdonebyDr . Car l oBel l i eni f r omt he Uni v er s i t yofS i ena.Heex pl ai nst hatc ar t oons hel pdi s t r ac tk i dsf r omt hepai nofmi normedi c al pr oc edur es ;i tc anal s oc al mandr el axwhenat homeduet oani l l nes s .

Mos tk i dsa r epl ug g e di nt ot hewor l dof t e l e v i s i ons i nc ea ne a r l ya g ebutwha tpa r e nt sne e dt ok nowi st ha tt hefir s t2y e a r sof l i f ea r ec ons i de r e dt obev e r yi mpor t a ntf or ac hi l d’ sbr a i nde v e l opme nt . T Va ndot he r me di aus e da thomenowa da y st ok e e p ba bi e s / t oddl e r sdi s t r a c t e da r eg e ngi nt he wa yoft he me x pl or i nga ndi nt e r a cngwi t h ot he r sa r oundt he m, di s c our a g i ngt hec hi l d f r oml e a r ni nga ndde v e l opi ngs oc i a l l y . T he i nt e r a conwi t hot he r s( e s pe c i a l l yt hepa r e nt s )i sc r uc i a l , e v e ni fi ti sj us tba byt a l k . Ac c or di ngt oa nt hr opol og i s ta ndc r e a t orof t hewe bs i t ePa r e n ngS c i e nc e , Gwe n De wa r , t e l e v i s i ons l owsdownt hea c qui s i onofl a ng ua g es k i l l sa ndi tc a nde l a yl a ng ua g ede v e l opme ntbe c a us eoft hel a c kof phy s i c a l i nt e r a conbe t we e nt hec hi l da nd t hepa r e nt s .

T Vv i e wi ngf ort oddl e r sc oul da l s ol e a dt o ae n onpr obl e mswhe nt hec hi l di sal il e bi tol de r . T heAme r i c a nAc a de myofPe di a t r i c s( APP)r e c omme ndst ha tk i dsl e s st ha n2 y e a r sol dsc kt onotwa t c hi nga nyT Va nd t hos ewhoa r eol de rt ha n2s houl donl y wa t c h1, ma x . 2hour sofpr e s e l e c t e dpr og r a mmi ngpe rda y . T heAAP’ sr e c omme nda oni sba s e dont hequi c ks c e nec ha ng e s t ha tc hi l dr e npa ya e n ont owhi c hc a n l e a dt os hor t me mor ypr obl e mse v e nt ua l l y a ndt hedi ffe r e nc ebe t we e nt hr e e di me ns i ona l v i s i oni nr e a l l i f ea ndat wodi me ns i ona l v i s i ont ha toffe r st e l e v i s i on.


Re s e a r c he r sa tT ohok uUni v e r s i t yi nJ a pa n, f oundt ha tt hemor e meac hi l ds pe nds wa t c hi ngt e l e v i s i on, t hemor eda ma g et he br a i ns t r uc t ur ewi l l e nc ount e ra ndt hemor e pr of oundc ha ng e si twi l l ha v e . T heMRI br a i n s c a nss howe dc hi l dr e nwhos pe ntag r e a t a mountofhour si nf r ontoft heT Vwhoha d g r e a t e ra mount sofg r e yma e ri nr e g i on a r oundt hea r e aa tt hef r ontoft hef r ont a l l obe . T hei nc r e a s e dv ol umewa showe v e r de t r i me nt a l a si twa sl i nk e dwi t hl owe rv e r ba l i nt e l l i g e nc e . T hene g av ee ffe c t sofT Vv i e wi ngonac hi l d’ ss c hool pe r f or ma nc ea r e no c e a bl ea ndc a nbepoi nt e doutbyt he f ol l owi ngs i g ns : -T hec hi l dc a ns t r ug g l ewi t hhi sc onc e nt r a on i nc l a s s , a ndmi g hte a s i l ybe c omedi s t r a c t e d be c a us et hel e a r ni ngr hy t hma ts c hool i snot f a s t pa c e da swha tt hec hi l di sus e dt os e eon T V. -T hi sme a nst ha tt hec hi l dwi l l notonl yg e t di s t r a c t e da ts c hool buta l s owhe nt r y i ngt odo hi shome wor ka thome . -T hei nt e r a conwi t hf e l l owc l a s s ma t e sc oul d bej e opa r di z e dbe c a us et hec hi l di snotus e d t oi nt e r a cngorpl a y i ngwi t hot he rk i ds . -Duet oc onc e nt r a ona ndmo v a ona l pr obl e ms , t hec hi l dc oul dbemor el i k e l yt og e t l owe rg r a de sa ndwon’ te a s i l yfindi nt e r e s ti n r e a di ngbook s .

Pa r e nt ss houl dc ont r ol home wor ka ndpr a c c er e a di nga ndwr ingwi t ht hec hi l da t homea swe l l , t oe nc our a g et hec hi l dwhe n f a c i nga nypr obl e ma ts c hool . I ti shi g hl y r e c omme nde dt os wi t c hofft hee l e c t r oni c de v i c e st ha tmi g htdi s t r a c tt hec hi l dwhi l e doi nghi shome wor k . T hee x c e s s i v ea mount oft e l e v i s i oni nak i d’ sl i f ec oul dnotl e a donl y t oba dr e s ul t si ns c hool buta l s ot oba d be ha v i or . Ov e rt hepa s tde c a de s , di ffe r e nts t udi e s ha v ee x a mi ne dhowv i ol e ntc ont e ntonT V c a na ffe c tc hi l dr e n, a ndma nys t udi e ss ug g e s tt ha tc hi l dr e nma ybev ul ne r a bl et ot he v i ol e ntme s s a g e sa ndi ma g e ss hown. Ps y c hol og i s t sL . Rowe l l Hue s ma nna ndL e ona r d E r onf oundi nt he1980st ha tc hi l dr e nwho wa t c he dahi g ha mountofhour soft e l e v i s i ons howe dhi g he rl e v e l sofa g g r e s s i v e be ha v i orwhe nt he ybe c a met e e na g e r sa nd t os omee x t e ntwe r emor el i k e l yt obe a r r e s t e dofpr os e c ut e df orc r i mi na l a c t sa s a dul t s . L a t er e s e a r c hbyps y c hol og i s t sDoug l a sGe nl ea ndBr a dBus hma n, s ug g e s t e d t ha tbe i nge x pos e dt ome di av i ol e nc ei sonl y oneofs e v e r a l f a c t or st ha tc a nl e a dt o a g g r e s s i v ebe ha v i or . T hee x pos ur et ov i ol e nt c ont e ntont e l e v i s i onc oul dl e a dt of our c onc r e t er e s pons e s :


-Chi l dr e nma ybe c omel e s ss e ns iv et os uf f e r i ngorpa i nf r omot he r s . -T hemi g hte x pe r i e nc ewha ti sc a l l e dt he “ s c a r ywor l ds y ndr ome ”me a ni ngt ha tt he y a r ef e a r f ul oft hewor l da r oundt he m. -T he yma ybemor el i k e l yt obea g g r e s s i v eor s howa g g r e s s i v ebe ha v i ort owa r dot he r pe opl e . -T hee x pos ur et ov i ol e nc ei nr e a l l i f e ( wi t ne s s i ngdome scv i ol e nc ef ore x a mpl e ) ma yc a us et os e ei ta ss ome t hi ngt ha ti s a c c e pt a bl e . Ar e s pons et ov i ol e ntc ont e ntont e l e v i s i oni s ha v i ngni g ht ma r e s . I nt ha tc a s e , t hec hi l d ma yha v er e t a i ne dpa rc ul a ri ma g e sori nf or ma onf r omv i ol e ntc ont e nts e e nonT Vt ha t c a na l t e rhi ss l e e pr ou ne . Comme r c i a l s , ont heot he rs i dei nflue nc ea c hi l d’ sl i f ebyf or c i ngt he mt obe l i e v et he y wa ntorha v et oha v es ome t hi ngt ha ti sbe i ng s howe d. Ac c or di ngt oJ . v a nE v r a , a ut horof T e l e v i s i ona ndChi l dDe v e l opme nt , y oung c hi l dr e na r ev ul ne r a bl et oc omme r c i a l a dv e r s i ngbe c a us et he ydonotha v et hec a pa c i t y t oe v a l ua t ewha ti ss hownonT Vi nac r ic a l wa y . Asar e s ul t , pa r e nt sa r ef or c e dt obuy t oy s , apa rc ul a rk i ndofc e r e a l , e t c . Chi l dr e n a r ee x pos e dt oahi g ha mountoff a s tf ood c omme r c i a l st ha tc a nt ur nt he mi nt oc ons ume r sj us tbywa t c hi ngi tonT V, be c a us e ne x t met hec hi l dwi l l bewa t c hi nghi sf a v or i t es howwhi l ee a ngas na c korc ons umi ng a nyt y peofs o dr i nk swhi c ha r ef r e que nt l y a dv e rs e dont e l e v i s i on. L e t ’ sf a c ei t , t oa c hi l d, e v e r y t hi ngs hownonT Vl ook si de a l !

“Let ’ sf acei t !Toa chi l d,everyt hi ng shownonTV l ooksi deal ”

T e l e v i s i oni sf ul l ofpr og r a mst ha ti ndul g e r i s k ya nda dul tbe ha v i or . T Vpr og r a msnowa da y ss howr i s k ybe ha v i ors uc ha sdr ugus e , dr i nk i nga l c ohol , s mok i ngc i g a r ee sa nd ha v i ngpr e ma r i t a l s e x . T he s et hi ng sa r e s howna s“ f un”a nd“ c ool ”ont hes c r e e n. T he us eofa l c ohol a nddr ug spor t r a y e dont e l e v i s i onma yl e a dt ot heus eofs ubs t a nc e swhe n be i ngt e e na g e r s . T e l e v i s i onc l e a r l ydoe snot onl ya ffe c tt heps y c hol og i c a l de v e l opme ntof ac hi l dbuti ta l s ot a r g e t shi sphy s i c a l de v e l opme nti nma nydi ffe r e ntwa y s .

Wea l l k nowt ha tt e l e v i s i ondoe snothe l p a ny onel os ewe i g ht , norhe l psy ou s t r e ng t he ny ourc or ea ndi tc e r t a i nl yc a nt ur n c hi l dr e ni nt oc ouc hpot a t oe s . T hi s , c ombi ne d wi t hs na c k i nga ndc ons umi ngs o dr i nk s c oul dl e a dt oov e r we i g htt ha tc oul de v e nt ua l l yl e a dt oobe s i t ya nde v e ndi a be t e s . Obe s e k i dswi l l be c omeobe s ea dul t si fpa r e nt sdo noti nt e r f e r ea ndi nt r oduc ehe a l t hi e rop ons whe nt hec hi l di sg r owi ngup. Ac c or di ngt ot heAme r i c a nMe di c a l As s oc i a on, c hi l dr e n, whoa r eobv i ous l yi nflue nc eby unhe a l t hyf oodc omme r c i a l s , a r emor el i k e l y t oc ons umej unkf oodwhi l ewa t c hi ngt e l e v i s i on. Chi l dr e n, whos pe ndal a r g ea mountof hour si nf r ontofat e l e v i s i on, a r enotr unni ng , j umpi ng , da nc i ngordoi nga nyot he r phy s i c a l a cv i t yt ha tbur nc a l or i e sa nd i nc r e a s et he i rme t a bol i s m. Ac c or di ngt oa s t udyl e dbyCa r ol i neF i t z pa t r i c kf r omt he Uni v e r s i t yofMont r e a l , t hemor et e l e v i s i ona k i dwa t c he s , t hel e s smus c ul a rfitt he ya r e .


" ButT Vv i e wi ngc ome sa tt hee x pe ns eof ot he ra g e a ppr opr i a t ea ndhe a l t hyt hi ng s c hi l dr e ns houl dbedoi ng , "s hes a i d. " T he r e a r eonl ys oma nyhour si nt heda y , a ndi f c hi l dr e na r ewa t c hi ngT V, t ha t ' sc u ngi nt o t hehour soft heda yt he yc oul dbedoi ng s ome t hi nga cv e . "Asapa r e nt , y ouma y a l r e a dyk nowt ha tt hi si snote a s ybuti ti s pos s i bl et oma i nt a i nahe a l t hye nv i r onme nt f ort hek i ds . Be c a us eofi t se a s ya c c e s si ne v e r yhous e , t e l e v i s i onmi g hts e e ml i k eag oodi de at o k e e pt hec hi l dr e nbus ywhi l et hepa r e nt s a r et a k i ngc a r eofot he rda i l ya cv ie s . Pa r e nt sc a nt a k ec ont r ol oft hes i t ua onby a ppl y i ngs e v e r a l me a s ur e st ha tc a nma k ei t e a s i e rt oha ndl edi ffe r e nts i t ua onsr e g a r di ngT Vpr og r a mmi ng . F i r s tofa l l , moma nd da dha v et os e tag oode x a mpl ef ort he i r c hi l dr e n; wha tt he ys e ei se v e nt ua l l ywha t t hek i dswi l l wa ntt odoa swe l l . Chi l dr e n a r ec opy c a t s . Anot he rha bi tt ha tc a nr e duc e t e l e v i s i onv i e wi ngi st owa t c ht og e t he r ( g oi ngt hr oug ht hepr og r a ml i s ta ndpr e v i e woft hedi v e r s epr og r a msbe f or e ha nd) , t hi swa yy ouha v ec ont r ol ov e rt hea mount of mey oua r ewa t c hi nga ndy ouc a n de c i dea saf a mi l ywhi c hpr og r a mst o wa t c h. Ne x tt ot ha t , i ti si mpor t a ntt ot a l k wi t ht hec hi l dr e na boutt het hi ng st ha ta r e s hownonT V.

“Chi l drenarecuri ous andeagert ol earn, sot heywontst op aski ngquest i ons” Chi l dr e na r ec ur i ousa nde a g e rt ol e a r n, s ot he y won’ ts t opa s k i ngque sonsa ndi ti sbe e rt o ha v et hos eque sonsa ns we r e dbyt hepa r e nt s t ha nbyas c r e e n. I ft he r ei ss ome t hi ngs howi ng onT Vt ha ty ou, a sapa r e nt , donota ppr ov e , t ur ni toff. T hepa r e ntc a nus et ha tt oa s kt he c hi l dr e nque sonsr e g a r di ngwha tt he ys a w. Di dt he yt hi nki twa snor ma l wha tt he ys a w?Or wha tdi dt he yt hi nka boutwha tt he yj us ts a w. I tg i v e st hepa r e nt st heoppor t uni t yt oe x pl a i n a nyt y peofc onf us i on. Anot he rg oodha bi t st o br e a kwi t ht heba dT Vha bi t s , i st ooffe rot he r op onst ot hek i ds . T he r ea r edi ffe r e ntboa r d g a me st hepa r e nt sc a npl a ywi t ht hek i ds , or pl a yhi dea nds e e kwi t hmoma ndda da nd e v e ndi s c ov e ra ni nt e r e s tf orne whobbi e ss uc h a sc r as . Asapa r e nt , s el edownac e r t a i n a mountofhour st ha tt hec hi l dr e na r ea l l owe d t owa t c ht e l e v i s i on, donota l l owt he mt o wa t c hT Vwhi l edoi ngt he i rhome wor k , t ur nt he t e l e v i s i onoffdur i ngme a l sa ndl a s tbutnot l e a s t , k e e pt heT Va ndi nt e r ne tc onne cons out s i deoft hec hi l dr e n’ sbe dr ooms . I tdoe s n’ t s e e ml i k emuc hwor k , r i g ht ?I ti swor t ha ppl y i ngt he s er ul e sa ndT Vha bi t sf orahe a l t hy de v e l opme ntf ory ourc hi l dr e n.


I ti si mpor t a ntt ha tpa r e nt sa r ewe l l i nf or me da ndupt oda t ewi t ht hepr og r a mmi ngonT Vnowa da y s . Chi l dr e na r es ma r t e noug ht ol e a r nhowe v e r y t hi ngwor k sona c ont r ol r e mot eora ni pa dnoma e rt he i r a g ea nda sapa r e nty oudonotwa nty our c hi l ds e e i ngt hi ng st he ys houl dnotbe wa t c hi ngorwa t c hi nga nov e r l oa dofhour s pe rda y . I nupc omi ngy e a r s , T Vwi l l be c ome di ffe r e nt . Chi l dr e nwi l l wa t c hT Vona l l t he i r mobi l ede v i c e si nt hef ut ur e !T a bl e t s , phone s , g l a s s e sa ndwa t c he s !

I t hi nkt hepr obl e mofk i dsl i v i ngi nav i r t ua l wor l dwi l l be c omemor es e r i ousa l l t he me …. , a ndi twi l l notc ha ng et hewa yi ti s i nflue nc i ngs oc i e t ya tt hemome nt , butt he c ha ng e sc a nbema det hr oug ht hec a r e g i v e r s . T he r ea r epl e nt yofa cv ie st ha tc a n r e pl a c eT Vpr og r a mmi ng , a ndt he r ei sa wonde r f ul a nde x c ingwor l doutt he r et o e x pl or enoma e rt hec hi l d’ sa g e . Ke e p c ont r ol oft hes i t ua on, t e c hnol og i cpa r e nt s , a ndy ourc hi l dr e nwi l l g r owupi na he a l t hye nv i r onme nt .


byEl s t onPe t e r s on L a t e l yI ha v ebe e ns e e i ngbi gc ha ng e swi t hi nmyown c i r c l eofc l os ef r i e ndsa ndf a mi l i e swhe r ema nyof t he ma r ee i t he re anghe a l t hi e r , f ol l owi ngdi e t s , g oi ng t ot heg y m, pa rc i pangi n5kor10kr uns . T he ya r e ba s i c a l l yl os i ngwe i g hta ndg e ngmor efit . T hi si s r e a l l yar e ma r k a bl et hi ngduet ot hea mountoff r i e nds a ndf a mi l yt ha tc ha ng e dt oi mpr ov et he i rl i f e s t y l ei n 2013a nda r esl l g oi ngs t r onga tt hi s . T ha nk st os oc i a l me di aI ha v ebe e nf ol l owi nge v e r y s t e poft he s ec l os ef r i e ndsa ndf a mi l yt hr oug ht hi sne w j our ne yoft he i rl i v e sa ndt her e s ul t st ha tI ha v es e e n upun l nowa r ea ma z i ng . T hi si swhyI de c i de dt odi g al il ede e pe ri nt ot hi sne why pei nor de rt ofindouti f s oc i a l me di ar e a l l ydi dha v ea ni nflue nc eont he s e pe opl et ha tma det he mc ha ng et hel i f e s t y l et he yl i v e d be f or et hema j orpos iv ec ha ng e st he ya r eg oi ng t hr oug ha swes pe a k . Wea r ec ur r e nt l yl i v i ngi nawor l dt ha ti smor e di g i t a l i z e d. S oc i a l me di al e t susc onne c tt ope opl ea nd unl i mi t e di nf or maon, noma e rwhe r ewea r eor wha t mei ti s . S oc i a l me di aha se x pa nde dt her ol eof be i ngame di ac ons ume ri nt oonewhe r epe opl ec r e a t e a nds ha r ea se a s i l ya st he yc ons ume . Whe nape r s on me n onst hewor d‘ s oc i a l me di a ’ , t hefir s tt hi ngt ha t popsi nt omos tpe opl e ’ smi ndi sF a c e book . Buts oc i a l me di ac ons i s t sofmuc hmor et ha nj us tF a c e book . Ne x t t oF a c e bookt he r ei sa l s oT wie r , I ns t a g r a m, Pi nt e r e s t , Bl og S potj us tt ome n onaf e w.

S oc i a l me di ai sawe a l t hofa ppl i c aons , wi k i s , bl og s , a ndc ur aont ool si na ddiont os oc i a l ne t wor k st ha t a l l owust oc onne c twi t hot he rpe opl e , findi nf or ma on, a nds ha r ea l l k i ndsofc ont e nt , f r omv i de os , t e x t s a ndi ma g e s . Mobi l et e c hnol og i e sl i k es ma r t phone s a ndt a bl e t sha v er e mov e dt heg e og r a phi cbounda r i e s f orus ea nds i g ni fic a nt l yr e duc e ds oc i oe c onomi c ba r r i e r s . S oc i a l t e c hnol og i e sc a nbev e r ye mpowe r i ng . T he yl e tpe opl et a k ea conont he i rownbe ha l fa ny me , pu ngc ont r ol i nt heha ndsoft heus e r . ( Rut l e dg e , 2013)

Asape r s ont ha ti sc ur r e nt l yf ol l owi ngqui t eaf e w f r i e ndsa ndf a mi l yme mbe r sonF a c e book , I ns t a g r a m a ndPi nt e r e s t , onet hi ngt ha tr e a l l ys t a ndsouta r et he t hi ng st ha tt he s epe opl epos tona nyoft he s edi ffe r e nt s oc i a l me di at ool swhi c ha r es i mi l a ri nawa y . I tr a ng e s f r omf ul l bodys e l fie si nf r ontoft hemi r r ora tt heg y m e a c hwe e ks ot ha ty ouc a ns e et he i rpr og r e s s , t owha t t he ya r ee ange v e r ys i ng l eda ywhi c hi sapa r a deof he a l t hyme a l sa nds na c k sf ul l wi t hac ol or f ul v a r i e t yof v e g e t a bl e s . S omeoft he me v e npos tt her e c i pe swi t h t hepi c t ur eoft he i rc l e a nhe a l t hyme a l ors na c k st he y j us tma def r oms c r a t c h. Ne x tt ot he s eI ha v ea l s os e e n qui t eaf e w7s e c ondVi nec l i pswhe r et he ys howhow t ope r f or mc e r t a i nne we x e r c i s e st he yj us tl e a r ne dor howt opr e pa r ec e r t a i nc l e a nhe a l t hyme a l s . Al l of t he s epos t sa r efil l e dwi t hdi ffe r e ntha s ht a g st ha ta r e us e di ns oc i a l me di al i k e# g y mr a t s# he a l t hy l i f e# c l e a ne ang&# de t e r mi ne d. Bys i mpl yc l i c k i ngononeof t he s eha s ht a g sy ouwi l l ope nane wpa g efil l e dwi t h pi c t ur e s , v i de oa ndi nf or maonr e l a t e dt ot hes pe c i fic wor dy ouc l i c k e dt ha tha v ebe e npos t e df r ompe opl e a r oundt hee nr ewor l d.


Ae rs i ngba c ka ndt hi nk i ngofa l l t he s epos t sI s e e e v e r ys i ng l eda yi swhe nI s t a r t e dr e a l i z i ngt ha ta l l t he s epe opl eha v eonet hi ngi nc ommon, whi c hi st ha t t he ya r ea l l s t r i v i ngt ol i v eahe a l t hi e rl i f e s t y l ewhe r e s e l f c a r ei spr i or i t y . T omF e r g us onwhoi saf or me rMe di c a l Doc t or , a ut hor a ndr e s e a r c he rf r omt heU. S . me n one di na na rc l e f orhe a l t hy . ne tt ha ts e l f c a r ehe a l t hi e rl i f e s t y l ei sa g r owi ngt r e ndt ha ti snotl i mi t e dt ot hewe l l . T hos e wi t hhe a l t hpr obl e msa r ea l s ot a k i ngag r e a t e rde g r e e ofr e s pons i bi l i t y . T he s epe opl et ha tpr a cc es e l f c a r e us ef e we rpr of e s s i ona l s e r v i c e s . T hi si sa l s obe c a us eof t hea mountofi nf or maont ha ti sbe i ngdi s t r i but e d a nds ha r e dons oc i a l me di as i t e s , Bl og S pota nde v e n v i de os . Wi t ha l l t hi si nf or maona v a i l a bl e , onec a n t a k ec a r eoft he ms e l v e s . Mr . F e r g us onc a l l e dt hi sa he a l t hc a r er e v ol u on. T hes e l f c a r ehe a l t hma r k e tha s be c omeoneoft hef a s t e s tg r owi ngs e g me nt soft he e c onomyi nt heU. S . Ame r i c a nsbyt hemi l l i onsa r e i nv e sngi ns t aona r ybi c y c l e s , we i g ht t r a i ni ng ma c hi ne s , ot he re x e r c i s ee qui pme nt , he a l t hyi ng r e di e nt st oma k ec l e a nme a l sors na c k sa ndg y mme mbe r s hi p. Att hes a me meAme r i c a nsa r et ur ni nga wa y f r oml i quor , c i g a r ee s , a ndhi g hf a tf oods. ( F e r g us on, 2013) I wa nt e dt ofindoutmor e , t os e ei ft he r ei sapos s i bl e l i nkbe t we e nt hes oc i a l me di aa ndt hene wt r e ndon he a l t hi e rl i f e s t y l et ha tha sa l r e a dybe e ndi s c ov e r e d. T he nI c a mea c r os st hi sa rc l ewr ie nbyJ a ne tHe l m whoi sat r a i ne dnut r ioni s ta ndaj our na l i s tf ort he f a moushe a l t hbl ogwe bs i t ec a l l e dwe bMD. c om. Mr s . He l ms t r ong l ybe l i e v e st ha ti ti sg oodt ot we e twha t y oue a t !T ha ty oupi nt og e tt hi n!Andt ha ts na ppi ng a nI ns t a g r a mphot oofy ourme a l ort a k i ngas e l fie doe she l pape r s onsc kt oane whe a l t hye ang r ou nea ndi nflue nc eot he r swi t hi t !

Ass t a t e dbyMr s . He l m, s oc i a l me di aha sbe e nt r a ns f or mav ei nma nywa y s , c ha ng i ngt hewa yoneg e t s i nf or maon, c onne c twi t hf r i e ndsa nde ng a g ewi t h c ompa ni e s . Butt ha ti tc a na l s obeapowe r f ul t ool t o he l ppe opl el os ewe i g hta ndme e tt he i rhe a l t hy l i f e s t y l eg oa l s . S t udi e ss howt ha ts oc i a l s uppor ti sahug ef a c t or , s o whynott ur nt oy ouronl i nef r i e ndst ohe l pmo v a t e a ndk e e py ouont r a c k . T he r e ’ sa l s os ome t hi nga bout publ i c l yde c l a r i ngy ouri nt e n onst oma k ey oumor e a c c ount a bl e . Y ou’ l l pr a cc ewha ty oupr e a c hwhe n y oupr e a c hi tonl i ne . T he r e ’ spowe ri ng r oupsa ndt ha tc a met ol i f ei na n e x pe r i me ntc onduc t e dbyt hef ol k sa tCook i ngL i g ht ma g a z i newhoc r e a t e dt he‘ S oc i a l Di e t ’ . T hes t a ffe r s l os t128poundsus i ngf ooda ndfit ne s sa ppsl i k e My F i t ne s s P a l , L os e I t ! , a ndF i t Bi tt ha thook e dt he m i nt oane t wor kf ors omef r i e ndl yc ompe ona nd e nc our a g e me nt . T hel one l ywor kofwe i g htl os s be c a mea na ni ma t e d, pur pos e f ul s oc i a l pr oj e c t , s a i d e di t orS c o Mowbr a y , whol os t20poundsont he S oc i a l Di e t . S hea l s ome n onst ha tPi nt e r e s t , whi c hi saBl og S pot mos t l yk nownf ort he i rde s s e r t sa ndot he rc r e aonsi s a l s obe c omi ngav e r yi mpor t a nts oc i a l me di at ool f or t hi ss pe c i ficg r oupofpe opl et ha tc hoos et ol i v ea he a l t hi e rl i f e s t y l e . Ont hi spa g ei swhe r et he yc a nfind pi c t ur e sofdi ffe r e ntc l e a nme a l s , s na c k sa ndde s s e r t wi t ht he i rr e c i pe s . Notonl yt ha tbutt he yc a na l s ofind di ffe r e nthe a l t hypr oduc t swi t he x t e ns i v ede s c r i p on a ndwha ta l l c a nbec ook e dorba k e dwi t hi t , a l s o di ffe r e nte x e r c i s e sa ndi ns pi r aona l quot e st ofir et he c our a g et ok e e pong oi ng .


Toc onc l ude. . . Ae rr e a di nga l l t he s e psf r omMr s . He l m, I s t a r t e d r e a l i z i ngt ha tmos tofmyf r i e ndsa ndf a mi l yt ha tdi d c ha ng et he i rl i f e s t y l ei nt oahe a l t hi e ronet he s epa s t mont hsa r ea c t ua l l yf ul fil l i nga l l t he s es t e ps . T he nI s t a r t e dwonde r i ngi ft he yk ne wa boutt he s e ps be f or et he ys t a r t e d. Ae ra s k i ng7ofmyf r i e ndsa nd f a mi l ywhoa r ec ur r e nt l yl i v i ngahe a l t hi e rl i f e s t y l e , 6 oft he mt ol dmet ha tt he yne v e rhe a r doft he s e ps be f or ei nt he i rl i v e s . T hewa yt he ys t a r t e di sbyf ol l owi ngot he r sa ndg e ngi ns pi r e dbyt he s epe opl ewho a r el i v i ngahe a l t hi e rl i f e s t y l e , a nda c t ua l l yl e mbr a c i ng t hi sne wl i f e s t y l ei nt hee nda enotonl ys e e i ngt he v i s i bl er e s ul t s , buta l s ot hef e e l i ngofabe e rhe a l t hi e r bodya e re v e r yc l e a nme a l t he ye a t . T heonet ha t s a i dheha dhe a r da boutt he s e psbe f or eme n one d t ha thedi dr e a da bouts i mi l a r psbutnott heone s g i v e nbyMr s . He l m.

Ahe a l t hi e rl i f e s t y l ei sde fini t e l yag r owi ngt r e nd. T ha t c a ns i mpl ybepr ov e nbya l l t hepe opl ec l os et oy ou. P e opl ea c t ua l l ywa ntt og e tfit , a ndot he rone smi g ht notwor r ys omuc ha boutg e ngfitbutj us twa ntt o e a tc l e a nme a l sorde s s e r t sus i nghe a l t hi e ra l t e r nav e pr oduc t s . T hemor ei nf or maonpr ov i de da boutt hi ss ubj e c ton t he s edi ffe r e nts oc i a l me di at ool s , t hemor ec ons c i ous pe opl ebe c omea boutt he i rhe a l t h, a ndt hemor et he y wa ntt ofindoutbe c a us ea e ra l l , e v e r y onewa nt st o e a tg oodf ooda ndbefitt of e e l mor es as fie da bout t he ms e l v e s . Andbyposngt he s epr og r e s s e sa nd s ha r i ngt hi si nf or maont ha ty oudi s c ov e r e dwi t h ot he r sc l os et oy ou, ma k e sy ouf e e l e v e nbe e rk nowi ngt ha ty oua r ehe l pi ngot he r s .


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