Study: key to weight loss in kids is social media

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Study: key to weight loss in kids is social media

December 4, 2012 Updated Dec 4, 2012 at 10:53 AM CDT

DALLAS, Texas -- The American Heart Association suggests doctors use the power of social media to help obese kids lose weight.

A review of research found online weight loss tools were successful in helping overweight children and teens lose weight, as long as their parents were involved and they interacted with their online counselor frequently.

Experts say virtual support networks can work as well as those in the real world and because most teens are internet savvy, this could be the best way to have a positive impact on their waistline.

The American Heart Association is encouraging pediatricians to utilize online weight loss tools for their patients more often.

This study led by researchers at the American Heart Association and published in the journal 'Circulation'.

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