Fast food study pays people to put on the pounds

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    Roughly eight years ago, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock shocked audiences with his experimental diet of nothing other than fast food from burger giant McDonald’s: Big Macs, fries, deluxe breakfasts and all the other salty delights for one month.

    The result was “Super Size Me,” which was nominated for an Academy Award.

    The objective of Washington University's fast food study is for them to gain 5 percent of their body weight in three months by eating fast food. (Photo by Shuttershock)

    The objective of Washington University’s fast food study is for them to gain 5 percent of their body weight by eating fast food. (Photo by Shuttershock)

    Now Washington University is conducting a study on obesity and they want their participants to follow Spurlock’s example  — except their list of fast food joints include not only McDonald’s, but also Taco Bell, KFC, Burger King and Pizza Hut.

    Participants must eat fast food every day for three months. The objective is for them to gain 5 percent of their body weight in the allotted three months. In return, they will be paid $3,500.

    “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 educations on what you’re eating,” said Dr. Sam Klein of Washington University, reports KMOV.

    “By going to eat fast food, we know exactly what they’re eating.”

    The study will examine why some overweight people develop diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors, while others do not. Participants who gain the weight will be put into a weight loss program at the completion of the study.

    What’s required to participate:

    • Participants must be between 18- 65 years old
    • Non-smoker
    • Non-diabetic
    • Must be at least 30 pounds overweight

    For more information on the study or to participate visit Washington University School of Medicine registry.

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