Study: Don’t Trust Weight Loss Google Results
When you use Google to look for information about losing weight, you probably won’t see the most reliable advice first. The best information comes from medical, government (.gov), and university (.edu) websites, along with some blogs, but these typically don’t appear on the first page when you google terms like “weight loss,” “lose weight,” and “diet.” Researchers used those terms to access 103 websites and scored the content on whether it conformed to evidence-based guidelines for weight loss. Less than a fifth of the sites scored over 50 percent for key aspects of nutrition, physical activity, and behavior strategies. The bottom line: Be critical of what you read online, and ask your health care provider if you’re unsure about Dr. Google’s advice.
Source: American Journal of Public Health, published online Aug. 14, 2015