Reducing Employee BMI: Incentives and Weight Bias in the Workplace
In 2010, at least one-third of employers planned to offer a reward or penalty to encourage employees to reduce their BMI. Yet weight bias is prevalent in the workplace even before incentives for BMI reduction are introduced.
In this discussion, Dr. Rebecca Puhl joins Dr. Jennifer Lovejoy to discuss weight bias, review well-known examples of employers who offer incentives tied to BMI, and offer practical strategies that employers can adopt to promote a supportive worksite environment.
Examples of incentives for BMI reduction
Prevalence of weight bias
Overweight employees risk of workplace inequality
If BMI is a fair indicator of health
Recommended best practices for incentives