Twitter 'helps people lose weight'

16 January 2013

People who use the social networking website Twitter are more likely to lose weight than those who don't.

This is the finding of an interesting study from researchers at the University of Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health.

It was found that people struggling with their weight are able to get advice and support from others on Twitter as they endeavour to beat the bulge.

"The results show that those who regularly utilised Twitter as part of a mobile weight loss program lost more weight," explained Turner-McGrievy of the Arnold School's department of health promotion, education and behaviour.

It was estimated that for every ten Twitter updates that people read, they lost an average of 0.5 per cent of their body weight. This all adds up to important weight loss.

According to the Worldwide Health Organization, global obesity has more than doubled since 1980.

It states that, as of 2008, 1.4 billion adults are overweight, while, as of 2010, more than 40 million children under the age of five are obese.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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