How Instagram can offer food for thought about diet

Foodie photos are nothing new, but reports suggest the platform can promote better eating habits. Here’s how some health care organizations are using it to talk about nutrition.

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At least that’s what a new study from the University of Washington suggests. Christina Chung, the article’s lead author, spoke with CNN about her research.

She said:

The benefit of photos is that it’s more fun to do than taking out a booklet or typing hundreds of words of description in a [weight-loss app] … Plus, it’s more socially appropriate for people who are trying to track their diets to snap a photo of their plate when they’re out with friends: Everyone’s doing it, and it doesn’t look weird.

There is also evidence that the platform’s community provides a morale boost for would-be dieters.

CNN shared the story of Lisa Pessah-Bloom, a pre-diabetic who turned to Instagram for support:

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