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Youth health, gender, and social media: Mauritius as a glocal place
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Criminology, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0886-7402
Uppsala kommun.
Karolinska institutet; Uppsala universitet.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Caring Science, Caring Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9567-0773
2020 (English)In: Cogent Social Sciences, E-ISSN 2331-1886, Vol. 6, no 1, article id 1774140Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to investigate associations between social media use, self-reported health, dietary behaviours, and gender among young people living in Mauritius. For this cross-sectional study, questionnaires were distributed to a sample of 492 individuals (of which 64% were females) aged 14–29 year. A linear regression analysis investigating the associations between health problems and social media use, a number of dietary choices and behaviours, and gender was found to explain 49.9% of the variance in the prevalence of health problems, with social media use making the largest unique contribution (beta = 0.48). A MANOVA analysis found that there were significant gender differences in social media use, unhealthy food consumption, and self-reported health problems. This article concludes that the clash between gender, fast technological developments, and the influx of unhealthy foods in a glocal place has effects on young people through social media, and need to be monitored closely by youth and health policy-makers and researchers.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2020. Vol. 6, no 1, article id 1774140
Keywords [en]
Consumption, food, gender, glocalisation, health, Mauritius, nutrition, social media
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Sociology
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Health-Promoting Work, Digital shapeshifting
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-32457DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2020.1774140ISI: 000610464500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85086771019OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-32457DiVA, id: diva2:1436983
Available from: 2020-06-08 Created: 2020-06-08 Last updated: 2023-09-15Bibliographically approved

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