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Study: Online Interventions With Social Support Help Middle-Aged Adults Lose Weight

A new study by the University of Missouri-Columbia focused on the obesity problem in the United States and how online weight loss interventions help. The findings were published in the Journal of Prevention, learn more about the study below. 

Isolation and Other Issues

Social isolation is among the many issues connected to obesity. 

“Not only are there physical health issues related to obesity, but individuals with obesity are also at higher risk for mental health issues such as depression, poor self-esteem and social isolation,” said Mansoo Yu, a professor in the MU College of Health Sciences. “My research is at the intersection of social work and public health, and my goal is to help people live happier, healthier lives.

Online Features That Help

Researchers looked at which online features help the most with fast weight loss. 

“The three categories of online interventions we evaluated were those that only provided educational information and self-monitoring tools, those that had an online ‘group chat’ function where participants could share their progress with their peers and befriend each other, and finally those that included a professional health coach who could answer any questions participants had,” Yu said. “The interventions with access to social support from other participants or professional health coaches were as effective as in-person weight loss interventions.”

She added that online interventions are especially helpful to those in rural communities, as they provide the accessibility and flexibility such people need.

“The key is picking the online intervention with the most effective features, such as access to social support from other participants and professional health coaches,” Yu said. “Our research, which took eight years to complete, combed through 20 years’ worth of published research in order to provide the broader community with the best evidence-based recommendations.”For more about fast weight loss with Phentermine pills, please contact today.

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