Should You Fundraise For Your Weight Loss?

A new trend in weight loss is emerging. Call it the sponsored slim for the digital age but there are increasing numbers of men who are taking to sites like FundRazr to ask for financial support in slimming down. MAN v FAT has been contacted by several of these guys in the past asking for us to promote their crowdfunding campaigns. It’s a complex and tricky issue and we’re still not sure what to make of it.

Here’s an appeal from Thomas who is clearly in a tough situation, he needs help but can’t afford to focus on his health because of other financial worries. Other people simply want strangers to provide a financial incentive for their weight loss. You can see a whole range of weight loss appeal videos here but I’m interested in your thoughts – should we provide a space for these guys? Or is the idea that other people should pay for your weight loss wrong?

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I'm Andrew Shanahan, I started MAN v FAT when I lost over 60lbs and realised that there was naff all help for men who wanted to lose weight.

  • Paul Dolman-Darrall
    Posted at 12:36h, 14 November

    Not a chance I would find this.

  • Paul Dolman-Darrall
    Posted at 12:37h, 14 November

    Fund rather than find 🙂

  • Garry
    Posted at 11:18h, 15 November

    Sorry but this is a not a helpful idea, I managed 1min 46sec and had to stop. Poverty is terrible the world over, there are plenty of us who are working who have to watch the pennies and keep our fingers crossed that the car doesn’t break down. But luckily in the UK we have the NHS and a benefits system in place (I know not perfect but what is?).

    Addressing the issue of financial incentives for weight loss – it just won’t work because the motivation is all extrinsic and the individuals themselves are not taking responsibility for fueling their own motivation to lose weight. This means that at the first hurdle, or if the funds were to stop, they would revert to their previous behaviours.

    The first question I would ask before contemplating any financial support is what is their daily diet? How much of it is refined and processed? Having money to buy fresh produce means nothing if you are not prepared to cook and eat it because you are addicted to sugar/carbs.

    Until an individual integrates their motivation into themselves- that is truly believes in the process and the reasons for the need for behaviour change – then they will not be able to maintain motivation to reach the goal.

    So would I give money to help someone lose weight – the answer is no and I don’t think it should be encouraged. Would I give time and help to someone committed to their own weight loss journey – yes because that person is likely to succeed once they have made that decision to consciously challenge their behaviour and it is then that support becomes priceless as motivation, like deodorant, doesn’t last forever and that’s why it has to be reapplied.

  • admin
    Posted at 11:32h, 15 November


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