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End Fat-Shaming Corporate Wellness Programs

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Here is our Huffpost on fat-shaming.  We of course encourage click-throughs (and “likes” and shares!) but the Reader’s Digest version (if you are under 30 ask your parents what that expression means) is:

  1. Many wellness programs embarrass overweight employees due to a simplistic notion that their inability to keep weight off is due to a lack of willpower.  Of course, that facile hypothesis got disproven decades ago, about the time real researchers concluded that homosexuality is not a “lifestyle choice.”  The wellness industry does tend to be a few decades behind the curve, though.
  2. This is especially the case for older employees, for whom weight loss is more difficult.  It is also quite possible that some extra weight is protective in older adults.
  3. There is no rationale corporate objective that gets served by jawboning employees into weight loss (unless you’re a ballclub, specifically the Red Sox, and your two 2015 high-priced free agent signings weigh as much as three regular-priced free agent signings).
  4. Typical corporate weigh-loss programs are more likely to encourage unhealthy eating behaviors than help your employees become healthier.

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  1. Tom Emerick says:

    another excellent post.

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