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Worth your weight in...

Posted: Aug 19, 2013

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Worth your weight in...

Some of you may have read that the United Arab Emirates recently had a contest whereby they will pay people in gold if they lose weight. Personally, I doubt as to whether this will result in long-term weight loss as many may resort to extreme, unsustainable practices simply to get paid, but who knows. Research does suggest that paying weight loss participants can result in more pounds shed compared to those who are getting ‘nothing’ so long as they’re being paid; stop giving them money and they’ll likely stop losing weight. I get why these monetary approaches might work. Who wouldn’t want to get paid for doing…well…anything! But, on the other hand, it concerns me that the reward of having more energy, reducing or eliminating medication, lowering your risk of disease and living a longer life isn’t enough for some people. Those should be worth infinitely more than twenty dollars a pound as without health, money means very little.

What are your thoughts on this? Can you place a dollar amount on reducing or eliminating medication or being able to walk up a flight of stairs without becoming out of breath?  

Mark McGill, RD