The Hidden Influence of Social Networks [TED Talk]

There seems to be word about a hidden influence of social networks which many of us are unaware of. Personally, I haven’t figured it out yet, however, Nicholas Christakis did! Christakis is an American physician and sociologist, known for his work on social networks and other factors that affect health, health care, and longevity.

I was always interested in knowing if anyone has looked into what effect virtual networking has on people’s lives. This is how I stumbled upon some studies by Christakis in the first place. In those studies, he talked the effect social networking has on actual reality and it was equally intriguing and important.

Here are some of his observation and findings:

“Let’s Move” Fighting Child Obesity — Learn Social Media By Example

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According to government data, obesity in the United States now carries the hefty price tag of $147 billion per year in direct medical costs, just over 9 percent of all medical spending.

In fact, people who are obese spend almost $1,500 more each year on health care — about 41 percent more than an average-weight person. “Beyond those costs are the disability and early deaths caused by obesity“, says Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Therefore, First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off a campaign to try to end childhood obesity within a generation. The campaign is called “Let’s Move.”

Idea & Objectives:

For the first time in American history, children’s life expectancy may be shorter than their parents’. This called for fast and effective actions to be made!

“Let’s Move” aims to do for healthy eating and exercise what the government’s anti-smoking campaign did in the 1960s: change how people think about their health.

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