European Union and online memes haven’t had the best relationship in the past time period. It was recently that a few memes were labeled sexist and inappropriate. There were also some rulings that were considered as a meme ban by many people. Now, however, academics have told EU lawmakers that memes might be linked to the ongoing obesity crisis and a few other problems that may cause long-term damage to teens in the country and across the world. A group of researchers from Loughborough University said in a letter that memes are conveying messages that promote unhealthy eating habits among teens.
In the letter, the group has observed that many memes are being shared on the Internet, on a regular basis. Most of the memes that talk about eating and health do convey some messages: some of the meanings are positive while others are often negative. Now, the team also says that some of these memes contain content that is inappropriate, as far as healthy living habits are concerned. One of the examples cited by the group of researches had featured a fat boy who says ‘Free food? Count me in’. Apparently, the researchers believe the meme is inappropriate.
In addition to this, the researchers have also talked about the other issues in town. For instance, in another meme, food items were used to create a figure resembling the human body. All these Internet products, say the research team, are contributing to the negative impact on potential human beings. The letter said that there should be methods to control and scrutinize how memes have an impact on the audience thoughts as well as health. It also calls for proper action to be taken by the lawmakers so that healthy habits are encouraged instead of negative ones.