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Trouble in the paradise of workplace wellness

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ConscienHealth is the go-to site for objective information on the developing understanding of the causes of obesity, as well as reviews of obesity policy. I read it every day and am very impressed with its objectivity. Allotting equal time to each, it reports the good, the bad, and the ugly as regards the science and policy issues surrounding this topic.

That means its next post better be about the good, because I just guest-posted about the bad and the ugly — the corporate-sanctioned weight-shaming that takes the form of workplace wellness, where weight seems to be the only thing that matters these days, and the assumption is that failure to lose weight is a failure of will power.

When my son was little, he had asthma and we didn’t know it. On multiple occasions before he was diagnosed, we would say: “Paul, stop coughing.”  We too thought it was a failure of will power. Obviously, we soon learned better, but most of the wellness industry seems to be impervious to the possibility that their antediluvian ideas might possibly be misguided.


In the immortal words of the great philosopher Pat Benatar, hit me with your best shot.

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