Nutrition-Related Information Shared by Latine Influencers: A YouTube Content Analysis

Laura Clark, Egla Irina D. Lopez, Lauren Woods, Andrew Yockey, Rochelle Butler, Cristina S. Barroso

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Abstract

Latines are the fastest growing populace in the United States. Latine is a new, inclusive term for Hispanic and Latino populations regardless of gender identity. When compared with non-Latine counterparts, Latines have higher prevalence rates of obesity, diabetes, chronic liver disease, and kidney disease, which are associated with poor dietary behaviors. More research is warranted into the factors behind Latines’ understanding of nutrition and potential sources of health information that influence dietary behaviors. This study describes the nutrition-related health information shared through YouTube by English-speaking Latine individuals between the ages of 18 and 49. For this content analysis, a cross-sectional study design was used. A four-step search strategy identified eligible YouTube channels and their corresponding video blogs (vlogs): discovery, screening, eligibility, and included. NVivo 1.0 was used to qualitatively code the nutrition-related information. A total of 68 vlogs were identified and reviewed. Five main themes emerged from the data (what vloggers discussed): Nutrition Philosophies, Inaccurate Information, Product Promotion, Recommendations based on the 2020–2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), and Recommendations not based on the 2020–2025 DGA. Although some of the nutrition-related information shared followed the 2020–2025 DGA, not all information were in line with these guidelines. Misinformation can undermine the scientific work done by health professionals and can threaten the health and lives of the citizenry by creating barriers for accessing, understanding, and utilizing evidenced-informed guidance in making health decisions. This study revealed that more research is warranted into specific aspects of social media and how they influence health behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)713-722
Number of pages10
JournalHealth promotion practice
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • Latine
  • misinformation
  • nutrition information
  • vloggers
  • YouTube

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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