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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis-ISU Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

First Advisor

Julie Schumacher


This study focused on exploring the type of nutrition information disseminated on the social media site, Pinterest. The information analyzed focused specifically on nutrition information for teenagers. Data was collected by purposive sampling based upon specific inclusion criteria. Five sets of search terms were used: “teen breakfast healthy,” “teen lunch healthy,” “teen dinner healthy,” “teen nutrition,” and “healthy snacks for teens.” From these sets of search terms, 99 pins were collected for qualitative analysis by two separate researchers. Data collected from the pins were compared to the MyPlate guidelines. At least one food group from MyPlate was featured in the information shared, with the majority of pins featuring 2 to 5 of the MyPlate guidelines. The results indicated that overall, the pins were not from nutrition-related credible sources; rather, the information came primarily from parents of teenagers sharing their personal experiences. In general, the nutrition information shared was mostly accurate, albeit vague. Due to the lack of nutrition-related credible sources, this study highlights a platform that Registered Dietitians could use to share relatable, evidence-based nutrition information.


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