BMI and intent to change: A pilot study
n 2015, over 93 million people in the U.S. were classified as obese and a new category of extreme obese emerged. The obesity epidemic claims over 112,000 lives on an annual basis and prevalence continues to increase each year. This is a national health crisis, as well as a financial risk for corporations. An alarming finding indicates U.S. health corporations rank as having the highest proportion of obese and unhealthy employees in the nation. Despite his or her role as professional caregivers, the clinical staff across various healthcare facilities reports high stress, high BMI, and less motivation to change. He or she also reports less inclination to improve other facets of health such as preventive care, diet and exercise. This study analyzes the results of over 400 participants and provides recommendations on employee wellness within a healthcare environment.