Good lord, this is stupid. CVS is now forcing employees to submit their BMI or pay extra for health insurance. According to Jezebel:
By May 1st, all CVS employees who use the companies health insurance must allow a doctor to collect data on their weight, BMI, and glucose testing.
Why? Why do they need to submit their BMIs? A letter, republished on Jezebel, to CVS employees states:
We want to help our employees to be as healthy as they can be, which is why we decided to implement this plan. In fact, we have been working for a number of years on ways they can improve their health through preventive measures. Healthcare programs that incent employees to be healthier are not new. Many companies around the country already have plans similar to the one we are implementing. In fact, 79% of large employers have health assessments incorporated into their programs. To encourage a higher level of participation in our wellness review, we reviewed best practices and determined that an additional cost for those who do not complete the review was the most effective way to incent our colleagues to improve their health care and manage health costs.
Ugh, it is CVS. I am understanding of the fact that companies like Abercrombie and Fitch might want to hire models with a certain body type to promote their products. I think it’s kind of lazy and uncreative that they do that, but, hey, I get it. But I am absolutely no more likely to get my prescription filled by someone with a six pack than someone without one. Really, whoever is handing out birth control, disposable razors and fake eyelashes (the three things I go to CVS for, apparently) is the kind of person who is okay by me.
Your body, your choice whether or not to eat a bagful of the potato chips sold at CVS.
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