The Power of Social Media in Spreading Messages about Health and Wellness

Published on November 7, 2023, 1:00 am

The Power of Social Media in Spreading Messages about Health and Wellness

When comedian Loni Love shared her recent doctor’s appointment on Instagram, little did she know that it would spark so much discussion and debate. Love had mentioned that her physician advised her to lose more weight during her annual physical, and the response was overwhelming.

“It got picked up everywhere,” Love revealed. “Everyone in the comments said, ‘The doctors told me that too.’ I felt like you all feel me.” The incident served as a reminder of the influence social media has in spreading important messages about health and wellness.

Love has been quite open about her own health journey in recent years. As a former ambassador for WW (formerly Weight Watchers) and having undergone gallbladder surgery earlier this year, she understands the ups and downs of managing one’s weight and overall well-being.

“You gain weight, you lose weight,” Love explained. “Honey, I’m 50. I’m half a century. I will do whatever I want to do, say whatever I want to say. I lose it, I gain it. Still live your life. That’s my whole message to everybody.”

Despite the feedback she received regarding her doctor’s suggestion, Love remains positive and focused on living her life to the fullest. She recently took part in UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital’s 24th annual Party on the Pier where she helped raise funds for the hospital.

Before continuing with her comedy tour, Love enjoyed playing carnival games at Santa Monica Pier and even got to meet some adorable therapy dogs from UCLA’s people-animal connection program. Additionally, she donated Mattel toys to children in need.

Regarding her doctor’s comments, Love considers herself fortunate to have a caring professional who can communicate honestly with her. “He was well-meaning, and my doctor and I have that type of relationship where we were very truthful with each other,” she shared with a laugh. “And I’m looking at him like, ‘I’m looking at your pot belly, and you need to lose some weight too, sir.'”

Love’s experience serves as a reminder for everyone to prioritize their health and schedule yearly physicals. It is essential to take care of oneself and be aware of important health indicators. So, next time you visit your doctor, remember that open and honest communication can lead to better overall well-being.