Washington Free Beacon
September 22, 2017
The National Institutes of Health is spending nearly $700,000 for a study that will pay obese teenagers to not eat as much.
A University of Minnesota study that began earlier this year is analyzing whether teens who receive financial incentives for replacing meals with liquid shakes is an effective anti-obesity tool.
“Severe obesity is the fastest growing category of pediatric obesity, with a reported prevalence near 6 [percent] in the United States,” according to the grant for the project. “Unfortunately, conventional treatment approaches rarely result in sufficient weight loss in adolescents with severe obesity; therefore, innovative and effective strategies are desperately needed.”
“The financial incentive model has been used successfully in adult obesity trials to address suboptimal adherence to lifestyle modification therapy and improves weight loss outcomes,” the grant continues. “Although yet to be investigated as a weight loss intervention among adolescents, financial incentives have been shown to improve many health-related behaviors in teenagers.”
This article was posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 at 7:43 am