Backlash Leads to CDC Shutdown of LEAN Works! Program
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Lean Works!, a federal program run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been shutdown after much criticism from nutritionists and groups such as the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, claiming the site discriminated against overweight individuals. The controversial website had included a calculator which allowed employers to estimate the financial losses tied to overweight employees; some believed this information would be misused and lead to workplace discrimination and layoffs for overweight workers. A spokesperson for the CDC states that the obesity calculator is currently under review and may be updated with new information in the future; the agency is unaware of any organization having used the program to target overweight individuals. The program had been instituted to help companies design wellness programs for their employees.
Called Lean Works!, the federal program drew recent criticism from some nutritionists and advocates for overweight Americans who claimed the site and its obesity calculator fueled workplace discrimination and perhaps even led some companies to fire fat people. “is under review,” adding: “The calculator is also under review and will be potentially updated with new information, technology.”
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