Game of Stones research launched to help men lose weight

Health scientists at GCU are looking for men to sign up to a new Game of Stones weight loss research project to see if texting works in the battle of the bulge.

The Game of Stones method was trailed back in 2017 which showed that incentive-led text messages could help men lose weight and feel better.

The new method is designed for men because they rarely attend weight loss services on offer.

Researchers now want to find out if the Game of Stones really helps men lose weight and keep it off, who benefits most, and what the costs and benefits are for men and the NHS.

The research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research and led by the University of Stirling in collaboration with GCU School of Health and Life Sciences, Aberdeen, Dundee, Belfast and Bristol universities, is looking to sign up 585 men from Greater Glasgow, Belfast and Bristol.

Participants must be aged 18 and over with access to a mobile phone that can receive texts, whose weight could affect their future health with a BMI above 30, and be able to read English.

To find out more about the research click here to listen to Lisa Macaulay, one of the research managers, who explains what taking part in Game of Stones would involve.

Researchers said the text messaging and incentive research has been designed with men and for men. It aims to help men to lose weight and keep it off for at least a year.

Incentives include receiving a £20 voucher after attending 12 and 24 month appointments and have a one in three chance of getting a cash reward for achieving personal weight loss targets after 12 months.

If you fit the criteria sign up here.

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