Employee obesity has been linked to sickness, absence and reduced productivity. This article provides readers with an overview of how companies can help employees, reduce healthcare costs and positively affect their bottom line. The first step calls for companies to educate employees as to why body weight is important and why their companies are getting involved. Employers are then advised to find out how many employees are overweight and how best to get them to voluntarily enter the program. Participants are then broken out into relevant groups and special strategies are developed to motivate each. Tips are provided to help companies craft effective incentives and avoid discrimination in their programs.

Source: Management Today (London), Dec 2007

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