Getting Paid for Getting Fat

Getting Paid for Getting Fat

Food & Drink

Getting Paid for Getting Fat


Like to eat? Want to get paid for it? Then you may want to look into a study on obesity being conducted by Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

The university is asking participants in the research study to gain weight, and will be paying them thousands of dollars to do so. Those chosen for the study will have the opportunity to eat all the fast food they want every day for 90 days and get paid $3,500 for it.

The catch is, you have to gain at least five percent of your body weight during the duration of the study.

“By choosing fast foods, we can regulate that food intake much better than trying to tell people to try and decide on their own eating food at home, which requires judgment and education on what you’re eating,” said Dr. Sam Klein of Washington U. “By going to eat fast food, we know exactly what they’re eating.”

The goal of the study is to figure out why some overweight people develop diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors, while others do not.

Here are the qualifications to participate in the study:

Participants must be between 18 and 65 years old, a non-smoker, non-diabetic, and at least 30 pounds overweight.

Once participants gain the weight, they’ll be entered into a weight loss program to lose it.

The restaurants from which participants can choose to eat are:

  • McDonald’s
  • Taco Bell
  • KFC
  • Burger King
  • Pizza Hut

Click here to apply for participation in the study or for more information.

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