Fighting Childhood Obesity Through Social Media

Social media may be an effective tool to help children overcome obesity, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement. 

The statement is published online in the association's journal Circulation. 

"Online communication and social media are an increasing part of our lives and our overall social network of family, friends and peers," said Jennifer S. Li, M.D., M.H.S., chair of the writing group. "Healthcare providers should embrace its potential as a tool for promoting healthy behavioral change." 

The writing group evaluated research on Internet-based interventions to lose weight, increase physical activity and improve eating habits.

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