American Heart Association Looks to Social Media To Curb Childhood Obesity

12-9-2012 9-08-23 PM

The American Heart Association publishes an analysis of technology driven strategies that may aid in the fight against childhood obesity, which it says currently shows now signs of abating.

A systematic review of 8 studies published in peer-reviewed journals suggests a strong correlation between social networking and weight loss results. However, the correlations required “active family-based” internet interactions.

To highlight the need for family-based interactions, two larger studies were reviewed following groups of girls in seventh and eighth grade who received computerized, tailored interventions either with, or without parental involvement. The girls who had parental involvement showed a significant difference in BMI at the one and two year marks.

The American Heart Association suggests that social media could potentially play a role in the fight against childhood obesity, but that the encouragement must start at home.

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