140 Characters To Skinny: Social Support Provided By Commercial Weight-Loss Programs Via Twitter
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The recent rise of obesity and at-risk weight in the United States is a major epidemic that has yet to be resolved. There are many approaches to addressing weight management and for many, public ...

The recent rise of obesity and at-risk weight in the United States is a major epidemic that has yet to be resolved. There are many approaches to addressing weight management and for many, public health campaigns have not supported lasting behavioral change. Some have looked to the online scale and contracted the support services of popular commercial weight-loss programs for help attaining an ideal weight. Commercial diet and weight-loss programs such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig have integrated new media into their communication strategy. This study focuses on how commercial weight-loss programs use Twitter to facilitate support. This study seeks to better understand how three major commercial weight-loss programs use Twitter as a starting point for future research discovering industry best practices. Through analysis using an adapted version of the Social Support Behavioral Codes (SSBC) - originally employed by Curtron’s and Surh (1992) – this study was able to make sense of commercial weight-loss program Twitter use. The results of a content analysis of program tweets (n=1,172) show potential for Twitter to be a valuable tool when integrated into health campaigns. Results also show that commercial weight-loss programs were able to provide all five major themes of support described in the SSBC.

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140 Characters To Skinny: Social Support Provided By Commercial Weight-Loss Programs Via Twitter 140 Characters To Skinny: Social Support Provided By Commercial Weight-Loss Programs Via Twitter Presentation Transcript

  • 140 CHARACTERS TO SKINNY! SOCIAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY COMMERCIAL WEIGHT-LOSS PROGRAMS VIA TWITTER 
   Sarah  Arbogast:  Thesis  Research  Study  
  • •  Cancers! •  Heart Disease ! •  Diabetes! •  Arthritis! •  Alcoholism! •  Tobacco Addiction!
  • •  35% of the U.S. Adult Population! •  17% of U.S. Children ! •  Over $147 Billion Direct Healthcare Costs! •  Nearly $270 Billion Economic Impact! !
  • •  Environment! •  Genetics! •  Age! •  Gender! •  Self-Esteem! •  Socioeconomic Status!
  • •  Invasive Surgeries! – Liposuction! – Gastric Band! •  Pathologic Dieting! •  Disorders! •  Traditional Dieting!  
  • •  Group Meeting! •  Online Tracking! •  Meal Planning! •  Food Options! •  New Media! •  Sponsors!
  • “Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the accounts you find most compelling and follow the conversations” – Twitter !
  • •  140,000,000 Active Users! •  340,000,000 Posts Per Day! •  12 Minutes Per Feed Visit! !
  • SOCIAL SUPPORT !
  • SOCIAL SUPPORT! BEHAVIORAL CODES! •  Informational Support! •  Tangible Assistance! •  Network Support! •  Esteem Support! •  Emotional Support! !
  • RESEARCH! •  Twitter! – Network Support! – Informational Support! •  Health Communication Research! – Informational Support! – Emotional Support! !
  • CONTENT ANALYSIS! -  Three Program Twitter Feeds! -  1,172 Applicable Tweets! -  Social Support Behavioral Codes! -  Cohen’s Kappa of .87!
  • RESULTS!   Results! !
  • RESULTS ! •  Weight Watchers! –  Informational [F(2,1169)  =  31.848,  p  =.000]  ! •  Jenny Craig! –  Esteem [F(2,1169)  =  82.317,  p  =.000]  ! •  Biggest Loser Diet! –  Network [F(2,1169)  =  31.646,  p  =.000]  !
  • CONCLUSIONS! •  Twitter has potential for meeting specific support needs.! •  Twitter allows for customization in message strategy.! •  Social support is not isolated to one outlet. ! !