Why Fitbit Makes You Lose Less Weight

“We tend to overvalue the things we can measure and undervalue the things we cannot.”- John Hayes

In a study published by the American Medical Association (study link below), researchers found randomized participants lost weight more slowly when they used a fitness tracker compared with those using only behavior modification (physical activity, group and telephone counseling, etc.) Results showed “Among young adults with a BMI between 25 and less than 40, the addition of a wearable technology device to a standard behavioral intervention resulted in less weight loss over 24 months.”

The study suggested that those with fitness trackers might have felt they could eat more, based on their high level of activity, or that their goal (visible at all times) may have felt so far away as to become a demotivator.

Does your safety data do the same?

-Are EHS dashboards so visible more risks are taken (e.g. this hazard has never hurt anyone before…why change?)

-Does data collection become a substitute for behavior modification?

-Do (always visible) goals become demotivators?

Safe teams start with safe processes and behavior. Don’t let data cloud this foundation.


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