You Can't Pay People to do This

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    Jul 07, 2009 5:35 PM GMT
    Money Not a Motivator in Losing Weight

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/07/health/research/07beha.html?_r=1&ref=science
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    Jul 07, 2009 10:27 PM GMT
    if the parameters were different for the subjects i'm sure they'd loose weight. Tell them they will receive a million dollars for a weight loss of x lbs after x amount of months.. and i bet more ppl would go for it.

    But this doesn't surprise me, most people don't get motivated or adhere to exercise easily with extrinsic motivation, ppl have to motivate themselves from within to get better results!
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    Jul 08, 2009 12:16 AM GMT
    It is misleading to state that money is not a motivator in losing weight - it becomes a question of how much money. Zsocerstat is right; the amount needs to be higher.

    I would be interested in seeing a similar study that controls for confounds.

    It would be interesting to do a study where people are put into groups based on different personality traits (ie. persistence, degree of honesty; or something like that) and offered either a paltry sum, an average amount, or an extremely large amount of money.

    Or something like that - sounds like it would be a fun paper icon_twisted.gif

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    Jul 08, 2009 3:51 AM GMT

    You probably couldn't pay anyone here to stay in shape. Financial gain for most of them would be nothing more than a fringe benefit. They've found a deeper motivation within themselves that I doubt any external tangible could out weigh.

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    Jul 08, 2009 3:56 AM GMT
    We're involved in contingency management type projects here where I work and I've wondered about doing a study like this. I think that flaw in the study mentioned above (and I haven't read the peer-reviewed article, just the NY Times article) appears to be that they chose overweight and obese people. I would argue that they are probably two different groups, and that they would differ from, say, people already engaging in exercise. You're obese for a reason - i.e. you dont eat right or exercise. Their motivation is probably already flat. Offering them a couple of bucks probably isn't going to change their lifestyle dramatically if at all.

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    Jul 08, 2009 12:59 PM GMT
    OnTheWayToMe saidMoney Not a Motivator in Losing Weight

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/07/health/research/07beha.html?_r=1&ref=science


    not a very good study. 60 bucks isnt enough to get me to do just about anything.