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Posted 02/18/2015 | By HealthCorps

The internet may be a downer when it comes to discussions on weight. Though the internet can provide support as well as helpful, positive information, a new study (Translational Behavior Medicine, 2014; 4, 314-23) at the National Institute of Health looked at the types of interaction online that involve weight discussions. Using a special “web-crawling” tool they looked at 60 days’ worth of online posts (1.37 million). The words they were trolling for included: fat, obese, obesity, overweight.

Online:
The word “fat” appeared in 92% of the posts.
Obese, obesity appeared in 6% of the posts.
Overweight appeared in 2% of the posts.

On Twitter:
91% of discussions involved weight
Fat appeared in 92% of the related posts

On Facebook:
In 57,000 related posts, the word fat appeared in 90% of them

Overall, forums and blog posts dealt with the issues a bit “more kindly.”

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(Source: International Association of Fitness Professionals, IDEAFit magazine, January 2015)

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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