Would you be motivated to lose weight by ridicule and sarcasm?

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Would you be motivated to lose weight by ridicule and sarcasm?
Wed, 02-05-2014 - 9:14am

I was just reading this article about a new app that supposedly motivates people to lose weight with sarcasm,ridicule and threat. I personally don't think I would care for it but I guess some people would. 

"Carrot Fit, the latest app created by Grailr, LLC, is designed to encourage users to drop those unwanted pounds, thanks to some sarcastic, in-your-face language. According to the Daily Mail, developer Brian Mueller designed this app with over 2,000 sayings in order to '”threaten, intimidate and ridicule” people into losing weight.

“Meet Carrot, the judgmental weight tracker,” were among the first words I read on the iTunes page. “CARROT is a sadistic AI construct with one simple goal: to transform your flabby carcass into a Grade-A specimen of the human race. She will do whatever it takes – including threatening, inspiring, ridiculing, and bribing you – to make this happen. You will lose weight – or else.” READ MORE

I don't know...what do you think? 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
I wouldn't be. The only times I have managed significant weight loss were times when I felt positive about myself. To me, making the effort to take care of myself comes from the affirmation 'you are worth it'. making the decision to leve work and gotothe gym says 'i am more Important than this job'. Spending time rpreparing healthy food says 'I deserve to be well fed'. I don't think anything that undermined self esteem would enhance weight loss. The times I overeat are times when I feel bad about myself...when I think 'I have nothing else, I might as well eat chips'. To me, losing weight is about changing your thinking as much as it is about changing your body. What kept me motivated were the people who noticed how hard I was working and commented on that.
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

Wow, no.  But I guess it works for the Biggest Loser.  I need positive reinforcement.  OTOH, one reason I love my ski instructor is that she tells it like it is and we do all give each other a hard time, in a joking way.  But, we also encourage each other and cheer each other on far more.

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003

No!  But each of us grew up with different reinforcement.  I think this is perpetuating some reallly bad behaviors.  I know that so many managers use fear and ridicule to try to motivate.  It does work with some people, but it makes me resent him.  In general, it seems that men use cutting remarks, and they accept that type of behavior if they say it jokingly...case in point...look at those horrible roasts on tv.  :P  My current manager does this.  I can't stand it.