Programs that pay you to drop the pounds are becoming more popular every day. And it makes sense because a little financial incentive goes a long way – especially when it comes to the challenge that is weight loss.
But here’s something you don’t see often: an offer to gain weight in exchange for money. Naturally, something like this makes for a good story.
So, here’s the scoop…
Researchers at Washington State University in St. Louis are conducting a study to determine why some people gain weight (and develop all of the associated illnesses that go hand in hand with obesity such as hypertension, diabetes, etc.) while others simply don’t.
It’s something that has been studied in lab rats already, but Dr. Samuel Klein (the lead researcher) wanted to get as accurate results as possible. And in his own words, “what you learn in rodents doesn’t always translate to people”. As such, him and his colleagues are offering cold hard cash – up to $3,500 – for anyone who can gain 5% to 6% of their body weight over a three-month period.
Study participants are required to eat an extra 1,000 calories per day from one (or all) of the following five restaurants: KFC, McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut. Why are they limiting the choices to these establishments in particular? Being heavily regulated, the calorie and macronutrient counts are known and do not fluctuate from meal to meal. Furthermore, people enjoy eating there and the food is quite cheap.
Given the financial incentive (not to mention, a doctor’s blessing to gain weight while eating junk food) plenty of people were eager to sign up. Oddly enough, what first seemed like a great gig turned out harder than participants thought. As it turns out, it’s not easy to stuff your face with an extra 1,000 calories per day. Furthermore, eating fast food multiple times per week can quickly take its toll on your body.
For example, one of the people who took part reported breathing problems just two weeks into the study. Another complained of knee and joint pain. In short, not what they hand in mind when they signed up.
But don’t feel too bad for them. Aside from getting paid up to $3,500 to pack on the pounds there is an extra bonus: a whopping $50 prize for everyone who successfully sheds the weight they put on. Now, if that doesn’t motivate these “newfound fatties” to get back in shape, I don’t know what will (I kid, I kid).
So, does this sound like something you’d like to take part in? Pick up the phone and get in touch with the university. Maybe they’re still seeking people for their study. And then, you too can stuff your face for some extra cash.