It may be unsurprising, but it's still upsetting news, on the employee wellness front: The latest data from the CDC shows that 25.6 percent of Americans are now obese, up from 19.8% in 2000 and 15.3% in 1995. That's more than one in 4 workers.
To make matters worse, that estimate is probably low, according to the Wall Street Journal Health Blog, because people tend to overestimate their height and underestimate their weight.
"What’s next for America?" asks the article. "A few states — Alabama (30.3%), Mississippi (32.0%), and Tennessee (30.1%) — are pushing at the next frontier: One in three."
Given the well-proven link between obesity and a range of serious health problems, employers, insurers and corporate wellness professionals can't act soon--or aggressively--enough. Most employee wellness companies provide a range of wellness offerings aimed at helping folks lose weight quickly and permanently, from walking programs and healthy vending machines to nutrition classes.