Money Inspires Weight Loss

by Paul Martin -

A recent study has confirmed that, when given financial incentives, people were losing three times as much weight as those whose sole incentive was a monthly weigh-in.

The study had enrolled 57 obese adults, and lasted about 16 weeks.  Those in the two incentive driven groups lost 13 to 14 pounds, compared to 4 pounds to those in the weigh-in group.

The participants had been given a goal of losing 16 pounds over the 16 weeks of the program.

Overall, the two incentive groups lost far more weight on average, with roughly half of each group meeting the 16-pound goal.  Only 10 percent of the control group met the goal.

-via Fox News

More Information

JAMA – Financial Incentive–Based Approaches for Weight Loss


  1. Author

    I am not really sure what the financial incentive was. I have added a link to the JAMA article to the story. If you receive JAMA, it’s in the December 10, 2008 issue.

  2. yvonne

    Great site!!!!! Good health is very important with the high cost of medical coverage. We need to have a healther lifestyle by taking care of our health eating and exercising. I am a cancer survivor and I know. Our health is our greatest asset. Keep up the Good Work!!!!!

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