Facebook may help fight obesity

Sunday, December 09, 2012

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Facebook and Twitter hold promise in the fight against childhood obesity, according to the American Heart Association. But more research is needed to understand how best to use the social media tools.

Research has drawn strong ties between social networks and preventative health behavior, and roughly 95 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 have Internet access and are active in online social media.

However, the limited amount of work done with Internet-based obesity interventions has provided little in the way of solid, reproducible results, the American Heart Association wrote in a scientific statement published Monday in the journal Circulation.

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