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Tweets Inspire Weight Loss

In an age of social networks, you’re never really alone. That connectivity could be a good thing, a study found, if you want to shed excess fat. People who used Twitter frequently as part of a weight-loss program dropped more pounds than those who tweeted less. Participants were encouraged to stay connected with Twitter to receive tips from the study’s weight-loss counselor (exercise goals for the week), share ideas (“Got an insulated lunch bag? Sure helps w/healthy eating at work”), and provide support to others (“I hear you on the weight plateau”). Every 10 tweets corresponded to a loss of 0.5 percent in body weight over the six-month study.
Source: Translational Behavioral Medicine, January 2013



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