With a little help from my friends: How social networks help college students trying to lose weight

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    • Publication Information:
      eScholarship, University of California, 2015.
    • Publication Date:
      2015
    • Abstract:
      Most young adults gain weight while attending college, setting the stage for long-term weight gain, and associated chronic disease. Interventions that use social and mobile technologies, and leverage social network support may help students adopt health-enhancing habits such as regular exercise. The first study explored how overweight/obese college students participating in project SMART (N = 404), a remotely delivered two-year weight loss trial, engaged their social networks, and used social and mobile technologies while trying to lose weight. The second study tested whether participants in the treatment (versus control) group talked more about diet and exercise with their FB friends, and the third study tested whether this type of online communication, and receiving social support for it was associated with weight loss. Study one involved qualitative interviews with a convenience sample of participants (n=38), intercepted after one of their measurement visits. Study two involved building a dictionary of diet and exercise words that was used to classify participants’ FB posts as being about HAL or not. Study three quantified the number of likes and comments on posts (i.e., social support), and tested whether posting about HAL or receiving social support for HAL was associated with weight loss. Study one found that participants in the control and treatment groups used non-study designed apps to help them lose weight and many participants knew one another. Individuals talked about their weight-loss goals with friends and felt accountable to follow through with their intentions. Study two found that treatment group participants posted more HAL than those in the control from baseline to +6 months of participation (Beta=1.75; p
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    • ABNT:
      MERCHANT, G. With a little help from my friends: How social networks help college students trying to lose weight. [s. l.], 2015. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 19 ago. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Merchant G. With a little help from my friends: How social networks help college students trying to lose weight. 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edssch&AN=edssch.qt56r5k1qd&custid=s8280428. Accessed August 19, 2019.
    • APA:
      Merchant, G. (2015). With a little help from my friends: How social networks help college students trying to lose weight. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edssch&AN=edssch.qt56r5k1qd&custid=s8280428
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Merchant, Gina. 2015. “With a Little Help from My Friends: How Social Networks Help College Students Trying to Lose Weight.” http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edssch&AN=edssch.qt56r5k1qd&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Merchant, G. (2015) ‘With a little help from my friends: How social networks help college students trying to lose weight’. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edssch&AN=edssch.qt56r5k1qd&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 19 August 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Merchant, G 2015, ‘With a little help from my friends: How social networks help college students trying to lose weight’, viewed 19 August 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Merchant, Gina. With a Little Help from My Friends: How Social Networks Help College Students Trying to Lose Weight. 2015. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edssch&AN=edssch.qt56r5k1qd&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Merchant, Gina. “With a Little Help from My Friends: How Social Networks Help College Students Trying to Lose Weight,” 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edssch&AN=edssch.qt56r5k1qd&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Merchant G. With a little help from my friends: How social networks help college students trying to lose weight. 2015 [cited 2019 Aug 19]; Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edssch&AN=edssch.qt56r5k1qd&custid=s8280428