Cash rewards for weight loss

Dhaka,  Fri,  28 July 2017
Published : 12 Jun 2017, 17:07:54
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Cash rewards for weight loss

Cash rewards for weight loss
A study by Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore shows that cash reward programs for weight loss increase the magnitude and duration of weight loss.

In the randomized eight-month Trial on Incentives for Obesity, or TRIO, 161 participants paid $169 to access a 16-week intensive weight loss program requiring them to attend weekly sessions at the Lifestyle Improvement and Fitness Enhancement, or LIFE, Center at Singapore General Hospital.

Participants also paid an additional $119 for the Rewards program where they could earn monthly rewards in cash or as a lottery ticket with a one in 10 chance of winning 10 times the cash amount if they met monthly weight loss and step goals.

Additional rewards were offered for participants who met 5 percent or 8 percent weight loss goals at four months and eight months after starting the program.

Researchers found that at the end of four months, weight loss was more than twice as great in the Rewards group compared to the control group who were not eligible for rewards.

More than three times as many rewards program participants achieved 5 percent or greater weight loss at month four compared to the control group.

By eight and 12 months into the program, weight loss remained greater with 7.2 pounds in the rewards group compared to 4 pounds in the control group.

"Our findings not only show the value of rewards to increase weight loss and weight loss maintenance, but they show it can be done in a manner that minimizes third party payments, such as those by employers or insurers, Dr. Eric Finkelstein, a professor in the Duke-NUS Program for Health Services and Systems Research, said in a press release. "This should help to expand access to these types of programs."

 
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