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ERIC Number: EJ1117145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
The Effects of Dr. Oz on Health Behaviors and Attitudes
Crouch, Elizabeth; Dickes, Lori A.; Davis, Amanda; Zarandy, Joy
American Journal of Health Education, v47 n6 p373-378 2016
Background: Consumption of social media has quickly evolved into a primary source of health information for many consumers. This seems to be particularly true for individuals seeking to modify chronic health conditions like weight loss, obesity, and obesity-related diseases. Purpose: This study explores whether watching Dr. Oz weight loss episodes influences a viewer's health behaviors around obesity and weight loss. Methods: Changes in lifestyle habits were evaluated with pre- and post-wellness surveys. Dependent t tests were used to determine whether there was a statistically significant difference in the self-reported behaviors of the control and Dr. Oz group before and after the study time period. Results: Preintervention and postintervention surveys suggest that health television shows were not likely to influence health behaviors for most of the participants. A statistically significant result from one of the survey questions demonstrates the need for an expanded study with a more generalizable population. Discussion: Results reveal the need for health professionals to better understand where patients receive health information and how information received from social media sources is utilized. Translation to Health Education Practice: Social media may be a useful device for health promotion by practitioners to reach their patients.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina
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