Outcomes in a Program that Offers Financial Rewards for Weight Loss

Edited by John Cawley and Joshua A. Price

in Economic Aspects of Obesity

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780226310091
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226310107 | DOI:
Outcomes in a Program that Offers Financial Rewards for Weight Loss

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This chapter focuses on a program that offers financial incentives for weight loss in various work sites in the United States. It examines two outcomes for evaluating weight loss interventions: attrition and weight loss and reports higher attrition and found 80 percent weight loss failure. It was found that the financial rewards in this program are associated with modest weight loss. After one year, it averages 1.4 pounds for those in the standard incentives group, 1.7 pounds for those in the control group, and 3.6 pounds for those in the modified incentives group, under the assumption that dropouts experienced no weight loss. The NIH considers a loss of 10 percent of baseline weight in six months to one year to be good progress for an obese individual. By this standard, very few participants in this program achieve good progress toward weight loss.

Keywords: weight loss; financial incentives; United States; attrition; body weight

Chapter.  14049 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economics

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