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Social media; Instgram; Nutrition knowledge; Influencers
Objective: The aim of this study was to determine whether nutrition knowledge differs between male and female Kuwaiti health influencers in social media (Instagram).
Design: A cross-sectional study was conducted to determine the nutrition knowledge of male and female Kuwaiti health influencers in social media (Instagram) utilizing a multiple-choice questionnaire with sixteen questions.
Setting: Kuwaiti health influencers in social media (Instagram).
Subjects: One hundred Kuwaiti health influencers (fifty males; fifty females) in social media (Instagram).
Results: A response rate of 70% was accomplished (thirty-two males; thirty-eight females). The correctly answered questions had a mean percentage of 60% with averages of 65% and 60% for correct responses by males and females, respectively (P=0.039). Only, two questions demonstrated significantly different scores for male and female groups (P<0.05). The two age groups (<30 years; ≥30 years) displayed mean percentage scores of 61% and 63%, respectively (P=0.081).
Conclusions: Kuwaiti health influencers in social media were unable to provide accurate information concerning common health problems including obesity, hypertension, and osteoporosis.