Twitter Is An Effective Aid To Weight Loss

A study conducted by researchers at the Arnold School of Public Health has found that using twitter is a valuable support system in helping individuals shed excess pounds. The most drastic weight loss occurred in participants who used twitter regularly and predominantly to provide information updates, send and receive support and tweet about their progress.

Many researchers have analysed social networking sites to establish current health trends and explore how the sites are used to discuss health-related topics. This is one of the first to examine the use of twitter as part of a weight loss intervention program. This could be the cost-effective alternative to attending popular weekly face-to-face meetings such as Weight Watchers in order to get great get tweeting ;).


Turner-McGrievy GM, Tate DF, Weight Loss Social Support in 140 Characters or Less: Use of an Online Social Support Network in a Remotely Delivered Weight Loss Intervention, Translational Behavioural Medicine, 2013; DOI: 10.1007/s13142-012-0183-y.

About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.


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    February 10, 2013 Christin Shultz

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