Academic Research for Weight Loss Competitions

Academic Research

Weightlosswars was founded on the principles of weight loss motivation and recent research has continued to confirm the effectiveness of the methods. Recently, University of Pennsylvania as well as Harvard University performed related studies.

University of Pennsylvania professor, Dr. Kevin Volpp concluded that participants who received financial incentives for weight loss were far more successful than those who did not receive these financial incentives.

Over a 16 week period, the participants of the experimental group dropped an 13.1-14 lbs on average as opposed to approximately 4 lbs for participants in the control group.

This conclusion shows the remarkable nature of financial incentive for weight loss. Additional studies ondiet bets," "Biggest Loser Challenges" and "Losing weight for money" have led to some municipalities, states, and corporations and nonprofits to introduce financial incentives to encourage their people to lose weight. This method for weight loss has led to a groundswell movement and has resulted in dramatic increases in the number of members on

Harvard Medical School professors, Doctors Nicholas Christakis & James Fowler concluded that participants in a weight loss regimen were more likely to lose weight with buddies as opposed to losing weight alone. They specifically found that gaining weight and obesity spreads in a viral manner throughout ones friend, family, and entire social network, similar to contagious diseases. Gaining weight appears to affect one's friendsweight gain as well. The Drs. also concluded that these effects were ran both forward and backwards. Weight loss can be contagious among a social network much like weight gain. They found that although it's not automatic, its possible to introduce patterns and epidemics of healthy living in a work environment, friend group, or family. They essentially touched on social network weight loss.

Positive pressure from friends, family, and coworkers has been successfully applied in different areas of health as well. Even such things as electricity and water usage are affected. Reduction of energy consumption in homes, governments, companies and schools. Certain municipalities and state governments have successfully reduced electricity consumption and customer electric bills are increasingly now showing how the customer is conserving relative to neighbors and other citizens. This has effectively turned it into a game to be the efficient house in the col de sac. "People don't realize how strongly the enticement of peer pressure is acting on them," Pete Maughan, a health and wellness professional at University of Texas at Arlington told the Associated Press. "A subtle cue can result in major changes in behavior. And overt cues such as a well-defined weight loss challenge can have strong effects for positive healthy living."

Here at weightlosswars, we have continued to apply and improve our environment of biggest loser contests by applying research by Dr. Kevin Volpp. His conclusions that monetary incentives for weight loss may significantly increase a person's feelings and actions regarding weight loss are being combined with the studies out of Purdue, Harvard, University of Texas at Arlington that that a person's peers affect behavior.

At Weightlosswars, we are thrilled with the amount of weight that our members have lost and find it truly fulfilling that members are dropping weight. We love seeing our members enjoy good company, bond with their family/friends/coworkers, and maintain a lasting post-challenge resolve to keep the weight off and continue healthy habits that were sparked here on

If you participate in a weight loss challenge here on weight loss wars or anywhere else, we welcome your comments about how this has happened for you. Were continuing to develop case studies that can be used to help others to lose weight in a fun, challenging, supportive peer environment. We welcome any contributions that you feel you could provide to the cause. Contact us with your experiences or research by emailing us below.

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