Now it just may be a scientific fact: Add better eating habits to the reasons you log onto Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and other social media outlets.
After following 96 subjects over six months as they tried to eat healthier and stick to exercise, University of Carolina researchers found that those that used Twitter regularly actually lost more weight.
In fact, for every 10 Twitter posts, they lost an additional .5 percent weight loss, according to the scientists from the university’s Arnold School of Public Health. The study has just been published in Translational Behavior Medicine if you want to read it yourself.
It’s not the first paper to link a positive connection between social media and sticking to better health goals. Another recent study came out in favor from the American Heart Association. When it comes to managing childhood obesity it may also be a tool (but with caveats: cyberbullying, privacy issues and sexting are the risk factors with youth and this sort of intervention).