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Financial Incentives Fail To Motivate Obese Workers To Lose Weight, Study Finds.

January 13, 2016

The logic of this “health promotion” is sad at best. First, the idea of offering money to encourage people to lose weight is not likely to work. Most patients we see that are overweight are very motivated to get healthier. The problem is not in motivation but in implementation.
 
This study abstract [I haven’t seen the full text] makes no mention of any assistance given to employees to aid in the weight loss process. It would be like telling employees to go home and figure out how to lower their blood pressure without medicine or direction – not likely to be successful. Even if they did give assistance, the instructions would be wrong. The reason wellness programs are failing nationwide and our population continues to gain weight, is simply that the programs’ instructions are wrong. Big companies are NOT going to go out on a limb and recommend something that is not mainstream, instead, the status quo of cut calories and exercise more is what is pushed in these programs. In addition, low fat and low cholesterol is also recommended.

BJRANT One dollar banknotes tied up with measuring tape against white background

Sadly, these are exactly the wrong recommendations. Ultra low carbohydrate and high saturated fats in combination with a very modest exercise regimen is the correct recommendation and would result in dramatic improvements. Since people are not starving (low calorie), they feel good and have energy. The 5% threshold which is a mere 10 lbs for most would be lost in the first 2-3 weeks and by 6 – 8 weeks, most people would be down 10% of their body weight! As workers, I would guess that their productivity would likely double fairly quickly due to improved sleep and increased energy. Why some large companies fail to see this is beyond me.
 
It is so clear: the government changed our dietary and lifestyle recommendations in 1980 to those listed above and since that time obesity in America has skyrocketed. This has been the largest medical experiment in the history of humanity and it FAILED. Why is no one recognizing this?? The answer is simply that the money is in the carbohydrates. Carbs are cheap and profit margins for carb laden foods are very high compared to fats and proteins where margins are very low. If you want to make Billions in your food company, it won’t be on beef and butter, but boxes of air and a little cereal that cost pennies to produce.
 
So quit blaming the workers for “not being motivated” by money or anything else. People must be provided with the correct formula for success. It’s like giving the high blood pressure patient a drug that raises their blood pressure. Most obese people are motivated to improve and would with this formula, one that by the way has been around since the mid 1800’s……..
 
We are standing by ready to help any corporations that would like to really see a wellness difference in their employees. You know where to find us!
 
Dr. Fox
Michael D. Fox, MD
Jacksonville Center
Reproductive Medicine
jcrm.org
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/01/08/462380096/why-employers-incentives-for-weight-loss-fall-flat-with-workers

   
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