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WebMD – Diet & Weight Management

WebMD's "Diet & Weight Management" section presents a general overview of nutrition including popular diet plans, nutrition basics, how to make appropriate food choices, and more. There are also overviews of related conditions like weight loss, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc.

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Review Date: 11/12/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

The landing page begins with a brief overview of diet and weight management followed by subtopics that organize the content into relevant sections. Lots of advertisements and unrelated content clutter the page, slowing down the browsing experience. Further, nested links send users deeper and deeper into searches without an easy return to the landing page.

Visual Design

The cluttered page layout and frequent use of advertisements reduces the site's visual appeal. The reader's eye wanders all over the page; worse, a good deal of the choices are not related to diet or weight management at all. Large font and small chunks of text with lots of white space in between should make the content easy to read, but like the rest of WebMD, this section is not very visually pleasing.

Quality

The topics covered in this section are detailed and reliable. However, more topics about diet and weight management would be helpful. There is a general statement that the content is based on recent evidence and practice. Better yet, all content is referenced and reviewed by medical professionals, many of whom are specialists.

Credibility

All site content on WebMd is authored and reviewed by a staff of qualified of doctors, medical professionals, and health journalists. Even though it houses one of the largest collections of health information available online today, WebMD makes sure its content is credible with extensive referencing and review by subject area experts. The content is also regularly updated to ensure currency.

Pros

  1. Relevant, user-friendly materials on common diet topics
  2. Good descriptions of popular diet plans like high protein/low carb, Atkins, or macrobiotic
  3. Links to other WebMD sites add additional depth

Cons

  1. Limited topic choice and variable content detail
  2. Pages are cluttered with commercial advertisements and links to news and additional information
  3. Searching keywords returns an overwhelming number of results, many of which are irrelevant

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: Internet Brands, LLC, a for-profit consumer media company

Accreditations: HON seal (Nov. 2018), TRUSTe-certified, URAC-accredited

Additional Features: Diet plans, recipes, diet tools, news, blog, video library, slideshow, quizzes, Q&A

Languages: English

Contact: mheinley@webmd.net

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