Can Facebook and text messaging be used to aid weight loss?

From: Obesity

Journal rating:
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Study Quality:
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Participants/situation

  • 52 overweight or obese students, average age of 20 years

Study

  • Participants were assigned to one of the three arms: Facebook; Facebook plus text messaging and personalised feedback; and a Waiting list control group.
  • Observations were made at 4 weeks and 8 weeks.

Results

  • At 8 weeks, the Facebook plus text group had significantly greater weight loss (average loss of 2.4kg) than the Facebook (average loss 0.63kg) and Waiting list groups (average loss 0.24kg).

Answer

  • Yes (without confidence)

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