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Getting the Most Out of Financial Incentives for Weight Loss

Jason Riis, PhD
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From Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M13-0449.

Requests for Single Reprints: Jason Riis, PhD, Harvard Business School, Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02163; e-mail, jriis@hbs.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(7):560-561. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-158-7-201304020-00009
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Incentive-based programs for weight loss are increasingly popular. In this issue, Kullgren and colleagues compared 2 such incentive schemes. The editorialist discusses the study and its findings and concludes that it sets the standard for how randomized, controlled trials of incentives should be conducted.

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Paying patients to lose weight in a doctor's office since 2002
Posted on April 3, 2013
Joseph Chemplavil, MD
Private practice, Hampton, Virginia
Conflict of Interest: I am the creator of the Dollar for Pound weight loss program and the owner of the web site - www.DollarsForDieting.com
Prompted by his own patients’ struggle to lose weight and frustration of seeing the increasing obesity problem in his patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, an endocrinologist in Virginia developed his Dollar for Pound weight loss program in 2002. Patients who agree to join his program sign a contract for one year to pay $1 for every pound of weight he or she gains. They get paid $1 in cash for every pound they lose on each office visit. The biggest losers get extra bonus payments. He continues to offer this unique and successful weight loss program for the last 11 years in his office. For more details, visit his web site - www.DollarsForDieting.com
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