Is Your Weight Your Boss' Business?

The CVS drug store chain is asking all employees to have their weight and BMI, plus blood pressure and glucose levels checked by May 1 (and sent to a third-party administrator). Anyone who doesn't will pay a price: an extra $50 a month, or $600 a year, for health insurance.

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The CVS drug store chain is asking all employees to have their weight and BMI, plus blood pressure and glucose levels checked by May 1 (and sent to a third-party administrator). Anyone who doesn't will pay a price: An extra $50 a month, or $600 a year, for health insurance. (The company's logic for all of this: Lower health risks bring lower health costs.)

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CVS's policy is certainly not the first of its kind. A recent survey by Aon Hewitt found that 83 percent of employers offer similar incentives; from discounted gym fees to lower healthcare costs if employees take health risk questionnaires or participate in biometric screenings.

But is CVS going too far? Activist groups such as the non-profit Patient Privacy Rights think so, calling it "coercive" and "invasive." Others, including Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News, support the policy, calling it a way for corporations to save money on health insurance.

What do you think? Is it OK for your boss to watch your weight?

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