St. Louis Study Offers Money To Eat Fast Food

By: Lindsay Bramson / KMOV-TV St Louis.
By: Lindsay Bramson / KMOV-TV St Louis.

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Washington University is conducting a study on obesity and is asking participants to gain weight. In return they will be paid thousands of dollars.

As a part of the study on obesity, the school is offering participants the opportunity to eat all the fast food they want every day for three months. They’ll even get paid $3,500 for it.

The only catch? They have to gain five percent of their 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 educations on what you’re eating,” said Dr. Sam Klein with Washington University. “By going to eat fast food, we know exactly what they’re eating.”

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

Here’s the criteria to take part:
Participants must be between 18 and 65 years old, a non-smoker, and non-diabetic. Lastly, they must be at least 30 pounds overweight.
Once participants gain the weight, they’ll be entered into a weight loss program to lose it.

Here is a list of the restaurants from which participants can choose to eat:
- McDonald’s
- Taco Bell
- KFC
- Burger King
- Pizza Hut


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  • by BkuChic Location: Houston on May 24, 2012 at 04:44 PM
    IS THIS A JOKE OR HOAX? Where is the application to sign up? It's not listed under the government list of studies? So how do you sign up Lindsay Bramson/KMOV-TV? At National University, pop-up?
  • by john Location: chambersburg,pa on May 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM
    i'll do it
  • by Rob Location: Moreno on May 13, 2012 at 02:15 AM
    I'll love to do this, no problem. please send me the info, thanks.
  • by Rob Location: Moreno on May 13, 2012 at 02:09 AM
    I'll love to do this, no problem. Please send me the info, thanks.
  • by Nathaniel Location: Machesney Park, IL on May 12, 2012 at 02:04 AM
    I would like to be part of this study, since I'm low on earnings and in need of money to support myself, I'm in. Where do I sign up?
  • by Suzanne Location: Woburn,MA on May 11, 2012 at 04:18 PM
    WHERE CAN I SIGN UP?
  • by Travis Location: Flordia on May 11, 2012 at 03:52 PM
    I would be interested in this study. How can I take part in it?
  • by Clifta Location: Lake elsinore, CA on May 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM
    I would be interested in this study. How can I take part in it?
  • by Douglas Location: Warren on May 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM
    Where can I get some info on this?
  • by Kimberly Ann Location: Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 on May 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM
    My name is Kimberly Ann Thompson--I am obese, love fast food and in need of earning funds...I would like to request that I be a candidate for this study. Sincerely, Thank you, Kimberly Ann Thompson.
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