Content analysis

Content analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the weight and fitness control behaviors and social media content of American adolescents and young adults

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Eat Behav. 6 May 2022;45:101635. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2022.101635. Online ahead of print.


OBJECTIVE: This study examines the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on weight/fitness control behaviors among adolescents and young adults in the United States, and perceived changes in social media content.

METHOD: A sample of young people (14 to 24 years old) from MyVoice, a national SMS-based cohort, provided open-ended responses to questions about changes in eating and exercise habits due to concerns about weight/ the form and content of social media. related to weight/shape, during the pandemic. Responses were collected using a secure online platform and analyzed using content analysis.

RESULTS: Among respondents (n=939/1153, response rate=81%), 40.0% engaged in behaviors for weight/fitness control purposes during the pandemic. Almost half (49.2%) said they had seen weight/fitness posts on social media during the pandemic.

DISCUSSION: The results of this study indicate that weight/shape issues among adolescents and young adults in the United States may have increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with social media content being a potentially contributing factor.

PMID:35567879 | PMC: PMC9074298 | DOI:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2022.101635