Wired: A Brief History of Instagram’s Trouble With ‘Weight-Loss Tea’

Wired: A Brief History of Instagram’s Trouble With ‘Weight-Loss Tea’. “Do you want a lithe, toned body that absolutely does not take multiple photo-editing apps to achieve? Do you want to be a person whose hair and makeup look red-carpet-ready immediately after leaving the gym? Do you want to eat only photogenic smoothie bowls and be utterly unfazed by the fact that they are cold yogurt soup? Try this tea! The 30-Day Detox Starter Pack is now only $85—just use my promo code below. Oh, by the way: #ad.”

BBC: Eating disorder used to sell diets on Instagram

BBC: Eating disorder used to sell diets on Instagram. “Instagram accounts are using images of a person recovering from an eating disorder to advertise weight loss. The BBC has seen more than 30 accounts using the photos and some of them have more than a million followers.”

KCAL: New Instagram Policy Restricts Minors From Seeing Posts Promoting Weight Loss, Cosmetic Surgery

KCAL: New Instagram Policy Restricts Minors From Seeing Posts Promoting Weight Loss, Cosmetic Surgery. “Instagram users, including influencers and celebrities, will soon be restricted from seeing certain posts. The app announced that it will be restricting anyone under the age of 18 from seeing posts that promote weight loss products and certain cosmetic surgeries.”

Newswise: New UCI Study Reveals How Social Media Can Help People Lose Weight

Newswise: New UCI Study Reveals How Social Media Can Help People Lose Weight. “Sharing the triumphs and tribulations of your weight loss journey with other members of an online virtual support community plays an important role in achieving success, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine. Entitled ‘Weight Loss Through Virtual Support Communities: A Role for Identity-based Motivation in Public Commitment,’ the study examines the role of virtual communities and public commitment in setting and reaching weight loss goals.”

Newswise: Want to Lose Weight? Snap That Selfie, Set That Goal, Share with Others

Newswise: Want to Lose Weight? Snap That Selfie, Set That Goal, Share with Others. “About those before and after selfies and public declarations of hitting the gym? New research co-authored by Dr. Sonya A. Grier, professor of marketing in the American University Kogod School of Business, confirms these announcements and progress updates are useful for the achievement of weight and fitness goals. ‘Weight Loss Through Virtual Support Communities: A Role for Identity-based Motivation in Public Commitment,’ published in the Journal of Interactive Marketing, examines the role of virtual communities and public commitment to setting and weight loss goals.”

University of Massachusetts: Can Facebook be used to deliver a post-partum weight loss intervention?

University of Massachusetts: Can Facebook be used to deliver a post-partum weight loss intervention?. “Can a social media tool such as Facebook be used to deliver a post-partum weight loss intervention? UMass Medical School scientist Molly Waring, PhD, thinks it’s possible and with a $750,000 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, will test the concept with a three-year pilot randomized controlled trial.”

Science Daily: Likelihood of dieting success lies within your tweets

Science Daily:
Likelihood of dieting success lies within your tweets
. “There is a direct link between a person’s attitude on social media and the likelihood that their dieting efforts will succeed. In fact, researchers have now determined that dieting success ­– or failure — can be predicted with an accuracy rate of 77 percent based on the sentiment of the words and phrases one uses on Twitter.”