Let's call her Jane. She wants to know why she hasn't been losing weight even if she's constantly exercising everyday. She's following all the right diet tips and following proper nutrition, what could possibly be wrong? Then there's Susan who gained 40 kilos more because of depression, but she got get her life back on track and started dieting for a month now, but she's still gaining pounds. What should she do? These are the kind questions you encounter in weight loss forums-of ordinary people who want to connect with other people who are in similar situations as theirs.
Jane and Susan could very well be the millions of Americans out there who are struggling to check their weight, and have become easy targets for ridicule. Here are the facts: not all of these overweight individuals could afford to hire a nutrition expert for a special diet, or go to the gym for exercise; many of them have bad experiences with so-called diet experts or insensitive doctors and couldn't see themselves seeing another "expert" ever again; they follow weight loss programs from friends and get depressed when they don't see results.
So they suffer in silence and, more than likely, gain more weight.
But the advent of the Internet makes it easier to connect with other people who are suffering from weight problems. Those who have not experienced weight gain beyond their body mass index could not possibly fathom the importance of these weight loss forums. It's like manna from heaven, even.
For each question that Jane or Susan throws, they get hundreds of practical tips used by people who successfully shed off pounds using those techniques. And the advice is for free! Why pay thousands from a self-renowned expert when you can get tips at no cost at all?
What are the newest non-invasive procedures for weight loss? What are the most effective diet pills? How about diet programs or alternatives to going to the gym? These are just some of the questions tackled in weight loss forums. They even have discussions for new moms, on how to lose weight without risking your health.
More importantly, these weight loss forums have become cathartic in some way. From the initial intent of sharing tips and information, these forums have become a social connection between their members who will inevitably share a bond and become friends over the years. Call it an virtual support system if you will, minus the hugging part of course.