Talk to the Veterans Crisis Line now
U.S. flag
An official website of the United States government
ORD only    All VA Research websites

Office of Research & Development

print icon sign up for VA Research updates

Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: Financial vs. Non-financial Rewards for Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Principal Investigator:

Paul L. Hebert

Location: Seattle, WA
Congressional District Code: 7
Research Service: Health Services R&D
Project Period: February 2017 - July 2021
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $69,361
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


Project Background: Behavioral economics suggests that our chronic inability to make the daily behavioral changes that can help us lose weight may be the result of “present bias,” which is a tendency to value small, immediate rewards over large rewards in the distant future. For many of us, the immediate gratification of eating an unhealthy food is a more powerful motivator than is the elusive dissatisfaction of the long-run health consequences of an unhealthy diet. Patient incentives may overco...

Questions about the R&D website? Email the Web Team.

Any health information on this website is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any condition.