Don't Let Your Wellness Program Obsess Over Weight Loss
Campos calls wellness programs that stress weight loss the product of "a trickle down effect of all this junk science."
"Do fat employees need to be told they are fat? Is this a valuable piece of information that HR is going to convey to them?" Campos asks. "I have been studying this issue for 10 years and I have never found a middle or upper class white woman in the United States who is above average weight who doesn't know it and wants to lose weight."
"So, the problem is what, a lack of information, not trying hard enough? That is crazy," he says. "You have this moral panic and hysteria and you can say the same idiotic things over again and nobody gets called on it. This is just reefer madness, or satanic ritual abuse in our preschools or whatever nonsense we are preaching, all over again."
Note: You can sign up to receive HealthLeaders Media HR, a free weekly e-newsletter that provides up-to-date information on effective HR strategies, recruitment and compensation, physician staffing, and ongoing organizational development.
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
- Healthcare Leaders Seek Strategic Sweet Spot
- 3 Reasons Wellness Programs Fail
- CMS Issues Health Insurance Exchange Proposed Rules
- Patients Shoulder Nearly 25% of Medical Bills
- ACOs Widespread, Yet Challenged
- MGMA: Physician Compensation Increasingly Based on Quality Measures
- HFMA: Patient Financial Interaction Guidelines Sharpened
- 6 CNO-to-CEO Strategies
- HFMA: Revenue Cycle, Reimbursements Share the Spotlight
- Data Collaborative Taps Predictive Analytics to Coordinate Care