SOCIAL SUPPORT AND PHYSICAL HEALTH : WEIGHT-LOSS SUPPORT
Social support has long been connected to general health issues, with low levels of support repeatedly found to be associated with poor mental and physical health outcomes, and high levels of support associated with good long-term health outcomes. Further, a recent extensive review on social support in a health setting found social support is generally an effective intervention for a range of problems including cancer, loneliness, birth preparation, substance abuse, and weight-loss.
This review found that both natural support provided by friends and family and support engineered in a professional setting are beneficial interventions in reducing poor health outcomes. Interventions were found to have a positive impact in an individual or group format, and whether peer or professionally-led.