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Weight loss support seeking on twitter: the impact of weight on follow back rates and interactions
Psychiatry Publications and Presentations
  • Christine N. May, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Molly E. Waring, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Stephanie Rodrigues, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Jessica L. Oleski, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Effie Olendzki, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Martinus M. Evans, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Jennifer Carey, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Sherry L. Pagoto, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventative and Behavioral Medicine; Department of Quantitative Health Sciences; Department of Psychiatry; Department of Emergency Medicine
Date
3-1-2017
Document Type
Article
Abstract
People seek weight loss support on online social networks, but little is known about how to build a supportive community. We created four Twitter accounts portraying women interested in weight loss (two obese, two normal weight/overweight) and followed health care professional and peer accounts for 2-5 weeks. We examined follow back rates, interactions, and organic follows from professionals and peers by weight status. Follow back rates did not differ by weight status when following professionals (6.8 % normal weight/overweight vs 11.0 % for obese; p = 0.4167) or peers (6.7 % for normal weight/overweight vs 10.8 % for obese; p = 0.1548). Number of interactions and organic followers also did not differ by weight status. Peers interacted with study accounts significantly more than professionals (p = 0.0138), but interactions were infrequent. Women seeking weight loss support on Twitter may need to be present for more than 5 weeks to build an interactive weight loss community.
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Citation: Transl Behav Med. 2017 Mar;7(1):84-91. doi: 10.1007/s13142-016-0429-1. Link to article on publisher's site
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Keywords
  • Obesity,
  • Peer-to-peer healthcare,
  • Social media,
  • Twitter
PubMed ID
27443643
Citation Information
Christine N. May, Molly E. Waring, Stephanie Rodrigues, Jessica L. Oleski, et al.. "Weight loss support seeking on twitter: the impact of weight on follow back rates and interactions" Vol. 7 Iss. 1 (2017) ISSN: 1613-9860 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sherry_pagoto/149/