DALLAS, Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Journal of Metabolic Syndrome & Related Disorders, the only peer-reviewed journal focusing solely on the pathophysiology, recognition, and treatment of metabolic syndrome, published new research on the efficacy of the employee weight-loss program Naturally Slim.
The journal concludes that Naturally Slim – ACAP Health's clinically proven, interactive, technology-based behavioral weight loss program offered by employers to their employees – is an effective tool for weight loss and for reducing metabolic syndrome in employee populations.
Researchers studied 3,880 employees from 93 employers that used Naturally Slim. The research proved Naturally Slim is an effective way for employers to improve employee health, which leads to increased employee productivity and reduced healthcare spending.
"The prevalence of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes has risen dramatically in the last two decades and it's exceptionally high within corporate culture where workdays are long and sedentary," said Dr. Tim Church, ACAP Health's chief medical officer. "Most employers are directly responsible for a majority of their employees' health care costs, so offering an effective solution to combat obesity and its related disorders is critical for businesses. In fact, it's critical for the health of our country."
The program can be utilized across large populations, which is of great public health importance given the disease's increased prevalence. It also has bearing on companies' bottom line: according to Milliman research, reversing metabolic syndrome reduces healthcare costs per person by 50%. Additionally, it is five to 10 times more expensive for companies to insure employees living with diabetes than those without (United Healthcare.)
In addition to proving technology-based programs offered by employers do work at reducing metabolic syndrome prevalence through weight loss, it also showed all participants, regardless of initial weight, lost a similar percentage of weight and had similar risk factor improvement. Further, people with the most metabolic dysfunction had the most risk factor improvement. On average, men lost a larger percentage of body weight than women but both groups had significant metabolic syndrome reversal.
Compared to fad diets and other weight loss programs that focus on what to eat, Naturally Slim is a skill-building program that focuses on when and how to eat. Using key elements of effective, clinical behavioral weight loss programs, Naturally Slim teaches participants a sustainable way to lose and keep weight off long-term.
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