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WithVictoria A. Goodyear, Hannah Wood, Kathleen M. Armour

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This chapter introduces, illustrates, and analyses the finding that young people follow, share, and use health-related information that is shared by reputable social media accounts. The powerful influence of social media on young people’s health-related behaviours suggests that social media should be harnessed by governments, health and wellbeing organisations, and schools/teachers as an important space in which to educate young people about their health. Yet, these stakeholders, as well as celebrities, sportsmen and -women, and ‘sports’ brands need to be aware of the trust young people place in them, and ensure that they too act responsibly on social media.

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