May 8, 2013 12:29 PM by Michael Handler; KSBY News

Weight loss insurance program for obese people

Requiring obese adults to exercise in order to receive cheaper health benefits is an effective strategy -- although a third of participants think the program is coercive.

Research at the University of Michigan studied a group of people insured by Blue Care Network. Obese people had the option of enrolling in a weight loss program or paying 20% more for health insurance.

They found 97% of enrollees who chose the pedometer-based walking program met their goal of five thousand steps each day.



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