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Social networking strategies that aim to reduce obesity have achieved significant although modest results

Title: Social networking strategies that aim to reduce obesity have achieved significant although modest results
Authors: Ashrafian, H
Toma, T
Harling, L
Kerr, K
Athanasiou, T
Darzi, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: The global epidemic of obesity continues to escalate. Obesity accounts for an increasing proportion of the international socioeconomic burden of noncommunicable disease. Online social networking services provide an effective medium through which information may be exchanged between obese and overweight patients and their health care providers, potentially contributing to superior weight-loss outcomes. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the role of these services in modifying body mass index (BMI). Our analysis of twelve studies found that interventions using social networking services produced a modest but significant 0.64 percent reduction in BMI from baseline for the 941 people who participated in the studies’ interventions. We recommend that social networking services that target obesity should be the subject of further clinical trials. Additionally, we recommend that policy makers adopt reforms that promote the use of anti-obesity social networking services, facilitate multistakeholder partnerships in such services, and create a supportive environment to confront obesity and its associated noncommunicable diseases.
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2014
Date of Acceptance: 1-Sep-2014
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/60532
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0370
ISSN: 0278-2715
Publisher: Project HOPE
Start Page: 1641
End Page: 1647
Journal / Book Title: Health Affairs
Volume: 33
Issue: 9
Copyright Statement: ©2014 Project HOPE—The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.
Sponsor/Funder: National Institute for Health Research
Funder's Grant Number: NF-SI-0510-10186
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Health Care Sciences & Services
Health Policy & Services
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED-TRIAL
LIFE-STYLE MODIFICATION
WEIGHT-LOSS
PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
INTERNET
OVERWEIGHT
INTERVENTION
ADOLESCENTS
EFFICACY
PROGRAM
Evidence-Based Medicine
Health Reform
Information Technology
International/global health studies
Media
Global Health
Health Policy
Humans
Obesity
Social Networking
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1402 Applied Economics
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Division of Surgery
Faculty of Medicine



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