Scientists: Extreme Loneliness Worse for Health Than Obesity

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It is time for wellness true believers to grow up. Read on.

According to a study in the UK and reported in The Independent, serious loneliness has a higher risk of mortal hazard than obesity. Click here to read the full story.

If you’ve followed the Blue Zone studies, and some similar ones, this is not a surprise.

Unhappiness in general and loneliness in particular can lead to a sickly life and early demise.

The question is, why do so many wellness models want to medicalize everything? Perhaps because it is easy. Perhaps HR folks have a bias toward medical care as a panacea. Who knows?

Many wellness true believers want to make you pay more if you are overweight, but ignore huge risks such as scuba diving, motor cycling, driving recklessly, etc. Why is that? Again, I guess there is a bias in HR departments to medicalize our lives.

Trying to medicalize your employees lives is futile, risky, and expensive.


First posted on Cracking Health Costs 2/17/2014.

Thomas G. Emerick is the President of Emerick Consulting, LLC and Host of Cracking Health Costs. Tom´s years with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Burger King Corporation, British Petroleum, and American Fidelity Assurance Company have provided an excellent blend of experience and contacts. His last position with Wal-Mart was Vice President, Global Benefit Design. Tom has served on a variety of employer coalitions and associations, including being on the board of the influential National Business Group on Health, the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Benefit Committee, and many others. Frequently in demand as a speaker for benefits and health care conferences, such as the internationally known World Health Care Congress, Tom´s topics include strategic health plan design, global health care challenges, health care economics, and evidence-based medicine.

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