by Tom Emerick

First posted on Cracking Health Costs on 02/06/2013

Tom Emerick, Host of Cracking health Care Costs

Leah Binder wrote a great story called Obesity: American Medicine’s Epic Fail on Forbes.com. Click here to read the full article.

In the article she discusses the disconnect between what many people, and even doctors believe, about obesity and how to fix it.

Writes Leah “The harsh reality is that scientists know as much about curing obesity as they do about curing the common cold: not much. But at least they admit their limitations in treating the cold.”

Companies have poured millions of dollars into weight control programs at work. Further Leah writes, “Over 90 percent of employers offering health insurance report investing in some kind of wellness program…. As discussed in one of my earlier Forbes.com posts, the research on whether they are seeing returns for these programs shows that, so far, the answer is no.” 

I urge you to read the full article.

 

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Tom Emerick

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Tom Emerick is the President of Emerick Consulting, LLC, and Partner and Chief Strategy Officer with Laurus Strategies, a Chicago-based consulting firm.  Prior to starting his consulting career, Tom was with Walmart Stores, where his last position was Vice President, Global Benefit Design, which involved designing and managing benefits for over 1.3 million employees in the U.S., and 300,000 plus in international. For about six years, Tom also headed up Walmart’s Six Sigma and process improvement initiatives. Prior to Walmart, Tom had positions with Burger King Corporation, British Petroleum, and American Fidelity Assurance Company. In 2009, Tom was named by Healthspottr as one of the top 100 innovators in healthcare the US for his work on medical ethics.  In December 2012, Tom was listed in Forbes.com as one of 13 unsung heroes changing healthcare forever.