Social media can help college students lose weight

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A study led by Melissa Napolitano, a psychologist at Temple's Center for Obesity Research and Education and professor of kinesiology, has found that personalized text messages as well as social media can help students lose weight. The study followed the weight loss of students broken into three groups: those who visited a Facebook page, those who visited the page and received text messages and those who received no additional support. The second group lost the most weight. "College students in particular are sending…500 texts per day, and so we thought if this is a way that college students are communicating, we wanted to get in there," Napolitano said.