Can Facebook and text messaging be used to aid weight loss?
- Napolitano, M.A., Hayes, S., Bennett, G.G., Ives, A.K., Foster, G.D., 2013. Using facebook and text messaging to deliver a weight loss program to college students. Obesity 21, 25–31.
- 52 overweight or obese students, average age of 20 years
- 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.
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).
- Yes (without confidence)