Annual "Take Off the Weight" Contest in Longview

An East Texas car dealership is fighting its own "Battle of the Bulge", in a unique contest to encourage employees to lose weight. It's the second year for Longview's Patterson Nissan's "take the weight off" contest; where employees win prize money to lose weight. Eleven men paid an entry fee to be in the contest, and have to weigh in every Friday over a 60 day period.. All to the close scrutiny of a weigh-in judge checking for cheaters. Many have their own diet plan... From bananas to oatmeal to tater tots. Although its intended as good fun, many take it as serious competition. The final weigh-in will be held on march 7th, when the man who loses the most weight will be awarded over 300 dollars.