The survey, conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, looked at two groups. The first was employee-benefit managers with 50 or more workers. The second was full- or part-time adult workers.
- Almost 70 percent of employers are concerned about the effects of obesity on medical expenses, but fewer than half think their company has done enough to help employees deal with it personally
- More than 70 percent of employers say offering obesity-related services is appropriate and effective, and 80 percent of employees agreed.
So employers want weight-management programs. So do employees. Then what’s preventing companies from offering those programs?
One easy solution that wellness professionals turn to: having employers bring in and subsidize Weight Watcher memberships. Not only is it effective and educational, it's a great way for employees to bond over a healthy cause.
But don't forget that lifelong commitments to physical activity and healthy eating are the real long-term solutions to obesity. There's no fast fix on this one.