Weight-loss competitions at work have pros, cons

01/9/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

Employee weight-loss competitions are a popular wellness tool for companies because they get quick results and reduce health care costs, but experts say they can encourage unhealthy eating and cause tension among team members. Cornell University professor John Cawley says programs that offer financial incentives work best but warns that employees tend to regain weight after the incentives stop.

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