Don't Let Your Wellness Program Obsess Over Weight Loss

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , February 22, 2010

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."

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John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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