Health promotion in the digital era: a critical commentary

Deborah Lupton

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    A range of digitized health promotion practices have emerged in the digital era. Some of these practices are voluntarily undertaken by people who are interested in improving their health and fitness, but many others are employed in the interests of organizations and agencies. This article provides a critical commentary on digitized health promotion. I begin with an overview of the types of digital technologies that are used for health promotion, and follow this with a discussion of the socio-political implications of such use. It is contended that many digitized health promotion strategies focus on individual responsibility for health and fail to recognize the social, cultural and political dimensions of digital technology use. The increasing blurring between voluntary health promotion practices, professional health promotion, government and corporate strategies requires acknowledgement, as does the increasing power wielded by digital media corporations over digital technologies and the data they generate. These issues provoke questions for health promotion as a practice and field of research that hitherto have been little addressed
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)174-183
    Number of pages10
    JournalHealth Promotion International
    Volume30
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Lupton, Deborah. / Health promotion in the digital era: a critical commentary. In: Health Promotion International. 2015 ; Vol. 30, No. 1. pp. 174-183.
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