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10/05/2012 11:07 am ET

Fast Food Study Participants At Washington University Gained Weight, As Expected (VIDEO)

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We're going to go ahead and put this in the, "No, really?" column. Participants in a Washington University School of Medicine fast food study packed on weight and health problems... which is sort of what we all saw coming, right?

In May, it was announced that the St. Louis university's medical team would pay up to $3,500 to participants willing to an extra 1,000 calories of fast food every day for three months. ABC News caught up with a few of the participants to see how the study was affecting their health, quality of life and appetite for fast food. Two participants, Dave Giocolo and Dawn Freeman, said that they started to have trouble breathing and moving, and also started to feel the weight in their joints within two to four weeks.

Describing fast food as a "perfect food pellet replacement" because of the uniformity of its heightened calories definitely made us feel a little nauseous. Although we are glad there are scientists doing this kind of work, we're pretty sure it would take a lot more than $3,500 to get us to participate. Now, if you'll excuse us, we're going to go eat some kale for lunch.

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