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NHS ‘could pay more people to lose weight’

A pilot scheme run in Kent by the NHS, in which obese people are given cash incentives to lose weight, could soon be extended to more parts of the country.

The project has seen overweight people being paid as much as £425 to shift their excess weight.

Now the National Institute for Health and Clinical Evidence (Nice) is looking at whether this controversial scheme works and should be rolled out across the UK.

Last week the Citizen’s Council of Nice was asked to consider whether incentives for quitting smoking, adhering to medication or giving up illicit drugs should also be trialled and introduced.

“We will want to see evidence that it provides value for money, there is a question over whether behaviour is sustained when incentives end,” said Mike Kelly, Nice’s head of public health.

He went on to suggest that health problems such as obesity and lung cancer can be reduced by encouraging individuals to change their behaviour, and they will be more likely to do so if incentives are used.

Would you be more likely to lose weight if you were offered a cash incentive?


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24 May
2010
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  • joan

    This is an absolute ridiculous idea- people should have the motivation to lose weight without the cash incentive, yet more taxes going to things that aren’t important !!!!

  • Nina

    Instead of giving money to individuals, why not pay the fees for joning slimming groups? In this way each and every individual will have moral support instead of having to do it alone and not worry about the money.

  • Helene

    I agree with what everyone has said! What’s to say that the people who either lose weight, quit drinking or taking drugs won’t go back to it once they have more money and are not monitered anymore? Espcially for the drinking and drugs…unless they get tested every few days to make sure they are still not doing it then it is a useless scheme!

  • jeanette

    i agree with Sadie some people will just lose the weight for moenyand then put it all back on therefore going in circles expecting them to get money again. People shouldn’t have to be paid to lose weight they should do it for themselves.

  • Sadie Monkhouse

    I believe that money can be a good incentive to lose weight, however I feel people need to lose weight because they want to lose weight for themselves. I know that some people will lose weight just for the money and then just put all the weight back on. However I agree with laura, its never going to happen and if it does I will eat my hat!

  • Laura

    That would be a god send, lose weight but get money for it at the same time lol
    great idea but I guess it will never happen

  • Smelly Melly

    erm, definatley! I think they should be given the money once they’ve lost the weight and KEPT IT OFF for a set amount of time though.