Incentive Worth $550 Fails To Motivate Obese Workers To Lose Weight

(By – Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News)

Promising workers lower health insurance premiums for losing weight did nothing to help them take off the pounds, a recent study found. At the end of a year, obese workers had lost less than 1.5 pounds on average, statistically no different than the minute average gain of a tenth of a pound for workers who weren’t offered a financial incentive to lose weight.

“Our study highlights some of the weaknesses” of workplace wellness programs, said Dr. Mitesh Patel, assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and the study’s lead author. Read more…

 

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