Weight loss competitions at the work site: Impact on weight, morale and cost-effectiveness

Journal Article

Three weight loss competitions were held in business/industrial settings. One competition was between three banks; the other two were within industries, either between employee teams selected at random or between divisions of the industry. Attrition in the competitions was less than 1 per cent and weight loss averaged 5.5 kg. Both employees and management reported positive changes in morale and employee/management relations, and both considered the competition important to the success of the program. The cost-effectiveness ratio ($2.93 per 1 per cent reduction in percentage overweight) is the best yet reported.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brownell, KD; Cohen, RY; Stunkard, AJ; Felix, MR; Cooley, NB

Published Date

  • 1984

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 74 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1283 - 1285

PubMed ID

  • 6437259

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-0036