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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:38 AM

NPR: "Money Replaces Willpower In Programs Promoting Weight Loss" (aka Obese People Pay More $$$) [View all]

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/02/20/172098418/money-replaces-willpower-in-programs-promoting-weight-loss

Sticking to a diet is a challenge for many people, but starting next year, Americans may have an even bigger, financial incentive to keep their weight in check. The new health care law includes a provision that would allow employers with more than 50 employees to require overweight workers who do not exercise to pay more to cover their insurance costs.

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Studies show monetary rewards are effective in helping people who want to quit smoking or taking illegal drugs, says economist John Cawley of Cornell University. But food is different. People need to eat, and going back to old eating habits is a lifelong challenge. Cawley's research shows three quarters of people give up on diets, even if they stand to gain a lot of money.

Employers and health insurance companies are experimenting with ways to structure financial incentives as well as disincentives to encourage weight loss.

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"All of us are paying the consequences of these unhealthy behaviors, so it actually does make sense to set up incentive programs to force people making these choices to take into account the costs that they're imposing on society," he says.


I, like the majority of Americans, currently weigh more than I would like. How lovely that my husband's employer (where we get our health insurance) will get to voice their opinion on that in the future.

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