Combatting a weighty issue (Guest commentary)

What employers can do about ballooning waistlines
By Thomas Gilliam
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/10/2006

People are getting bigger and unhealthier every year. Too many lifestyles are centered on unhealthy behaviours. Time-strapped, dual-income families opt to pick up fattening, unhealthy fast food rather than prepare a healthy meal at home. Communities are set up to encourage driving rather than walking. Children spend more time surfing the Internet than playing outside. And while most Canadians are not happy about the extra pounds that have settled on young and old alike, they seem to have accepted them.

But now the effects of this unhealthy lifestyle are hitting organizations where it really hurts — the bottom line. A recent article in

The Wall Street Journal