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Online Weight Loss Support Forums Help Dieters Keep Up Their Spirits

February 7, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
A Norwegian researcher who studied the diary of an online weight loss forum has determined that participants who are active in such groups, actually “confessing” to their diet failures, receive a form of “forgiveness” from other forum participants. In other words, the “self-blaming posts elicited absolutional replies.” The encouraging replies to reports of “challenges, problems and failures” seem to make the long and stressful road to shedding pounds a little easier to follow. In many cases, a dieter’s confessional post elicits a large number of responses because users support each other, and hope to get support when they need it. Researcher Ingeborg Grønning says: “Losing weight is a long process, you have to work hard and persistently to succeed. Encouragement from others helps keep spirits up.” [ Image credit: © BreakingMuscle.com ]
"Online Weight-Loss Groups Can Be Beneficial", Nutrition Insight, February 07, 2017, © CNS Media BV
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