Michelin Imposes Fine for Being Overweight

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Michelin Imposes Fine for Being Overweight
Mon, 04-15-2013 - 3:14pm

Michelin, like many employers, is implementing a “wellness” program in which employees lose $1,000 of pay if they fail to achieve baseline requirements in three or more categories -- BMI, blood pressure, glucose levels, triglycerides and waist size. Those who surpass the cut-off can register for a health-coaching program and lose less pay. Employees who refuse to “voluntarily” turn over their medical information lose the full $1,000.

When we punish people for their poor health, we ignore the complexities of it -- genetics, individual circumstances, accessibility -- and create an environment of shame and punishment that is the precise opposite of the goals of public health.

Measure Up or Pay Up? Michelin Imposes Fine for Being Overweight- http://www.ivillage.com/measure-or-pay-michelin-imposes-fine-being-overweight/4-a-533234

It sounds like a lot of companies are starting to adopt these type of policies?  What do you think of them?

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Registered: 07-24-2011
Mon, 04-15-2013 - 6:15pm

Wow. I get that we need to be healthier in general and that it does cost more, in many cases, for overweight people to get/use health care, but why not just charge them more for that if/when the need arises? A fine is akin to saying "you must adhere.." and that takes away personal choice. Forcing people to get healthy or costing them money is just wrong. This country removes more and more freedoms daily. I know insurance is still up to the buyer, but as we get closer to being forced to have it or pay a fine, now we can be fined for not being skinny enough? What next -- a fine for using it too much? Not enough? Slippery slope.

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Wed, 04-17-2013 - 12:37am

Isn't Michelin's mascot a big fat guy?

Frankly, they should offer a thousand if you pass, not if you fail.  Incentive, not punishment.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Wed, 04-17-2013 - 1:33pm

Guess they're gonna have to fire the Michelin Man, who is made up entirely of spare tires. And the company may want to rethink its restaurant review program, too. Maybe Michelin-starred restaurants of the future will be those that serve celery for an appetizer?