As a wellness provider, I've spent a lot of time educating various groups of people about the alarming path many Americans seem to be traveling down.

This path begins with a few pounds gained, here and there. After a few years, you may go to the doctor or take part in an onsite health screening at work and be surprised by the results (even though the problem has been literally staring at you in the mirror): you are obese.

It's something that most people will deny, but one-third of the U.S. population is obese. As I chronicled in a recent article, the next step is usually metabolic syndrome (METs), which can lead to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO, part of your ALM digital membership.

  • Critical BenefitsPRO information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and events
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.