The weight of an individual can be statistically tied to many diseases and health condition that can result from excess fat on the body. While weight is no absolute indicator of the overall health of an individual, being certain percentages heavier than a target body mass index for your height can increase the likelihood of certain conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Motivating people to lose weight can be the biggest challenge of all in the battle against obesity. Anyone who wants to lose weight, can, it is simply a matter of getting the person to buy into the process and commit to it fully. A popular way of doing this is through the use of an office weight loss challenge. In companies where I have seen it be most effective, it is branded something similar to a popular weight loss program or television show, but reworded to play on the company name or some other customization or pun. An office weight loss challenge taps into the competitive nature of people who may be competitive in the office setting already.
This desire to best their coworkers can drive them to do the best they can in the office weight loss challenge, often having more of a desire to do better than the competition more than to win the prize that is planned to be given to the winner. There should be a desirable prize given to the winner of the office weight loss challenge, something beyond simple bragging rights. While some many want to win just to say they won, others may work better when motivated by the idea of winning something, such as a personal electronic device like a phone. An office weight loss challenge is a fun way to better the lives of company employees, and comes along with the side benefit of improving employee health.