Social gaming websites are ‘effective weight loss tools’
“I think it’s going to give a lot of hope to a lot of other kids.” Indiana is the eighth most obese state in the nation, according to the 2013 F as in Fat report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Of the about 1.6 million children living in Indiana, 17%, or about 270,000, are obese, said Laura Hormouth, nutrition coordinator for the Indiana Department of Health’s Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity. By sharing his story with The Indianapolis Star, Eric has said he hoped to encourage others to address an obesity problem that plagues far too many people. Laura Ekis, Eric’s mother, said the family has been surprised by the attention. “He said he’s famous,” she said.
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“Online social weight loss programs are accessible to large numbers of overweight and obese individuals who want to lose weight,” Leahey said, “but there has been little research to date on whether such programs are effective, or just how much weight loss they generate.” Leahey studied nearly 40,000 DietBet players over the course of seven months. She found that winners lost an average of 4.9 percent of their initial body weight. dr oz garcinia cambogia Factors associated with winning the game included betting more money, sharing on Facebook, completing more weigh ins, and engaging in more social interactions with the other players. Interestingly, weight losses tended to cluster within games, suggesting that players tended to influence and motivate each other.
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