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<a href="http://www.diet-blog.com/archives/2007/07/06/can_you_trust_internet_weight_loss_advice.php" target="_blank">http://www.diet-blog.com/archives/20...oss_advice.php</a><br>
There is no denying that the internet contains it's fair share of dubious weight loss advice - but it can also be a very reliable source of information.<br>
The people in white coats have examined advice posted on weight loss forums and concluded that:<br><br>
People who seek out general weight loss information via Internet forums will, more often than not, receive correct information. (reuters)<br>
The research team looked at postings on 18 on-line forums over a one-month period (see abstract). They found that:<br>
Of the 654 messages responding with weight loss advice - only 8.6% were erroneous (and that a third of this misinformation was later corrected).<br>
6.6% of messages advised potentially 'harmful' weight loss methods (again some of the messages were corrected later).<br>
The telling factor:<br>
Erroneous information was more likely to be provided by low-activity forums (< 1,000 messages per month).<br>
What about Diet Blog?<br>
Diet Blog is not a forum in the strict sense - but it does facilitate discussion and advice. In case you're wondering - the site receives over 1,000 user comments per month - all of which are moderated.
 
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