the food alcohol and tobacco industries have been blamed for manufacturing epidemics of chronic disease but they’re just trying to sell more product like everyone else and so if that means distorting science creating front groups compromising scientists blocking public health policies they’re just trying to protect their business it’s not about customer satisfaction but shareholder satisfaction how else could we have tobacco companies for example continuing to produce products that kill one in two of their most loyal customers civil society organization is concerned with public health have earned a reputation for being anti industry but the issues not industry but that sector of Industry whose products are harmful to public health we like that broccoli industry in fact the corporate world might end up leading the lifestyle medicine revolution the annual cost attributable to obesity alone among full-time employees is estimated at seventy billion dollars primarily because obese employees are not as productive on the job having healthy employees is good for the bottom line every dollar spent on wellness programs may offer a three dollar return on investment and if you track the market performance of companies that strive to nurture a culture of health they appear to outperform their competition that’s why companies like Geico are exploring workplace dietary interventions the remarkable success at Geico headquarters led to an expansion of the program at corporate offices across the country with test sites from San Diego to Macon Georgia given that previous workplace studies have found that workers who ate a lot of animal protein had nearly five times the odds of obesity whereas those a the most plant protein appear protected obese and diabetic employees were asked to follow a plant-based diet of whole grains vegetables beans split peas chickpeas and lentils and fruit while avoiding meat dairy and eggs compliance wasn’t great fewer than half really got there and product consumption down but there were definite improvements a significant reductions in saturated fat an increase in protective nutrients but enough to make a difference yes weight dropped blood cholesterol dropped and better blood sugar control in diabetics and this was with no calorie counting no portion control no exercise component the weight reduction appears to result from feeling fuller earlier due to higher dietary fiber intake the difference in weight loss could also be the result of an increase in the thermic effect of food allowing a small extra edge for weight loss in the vegan group those eating plant-based diets tend to burn off more calories in heat eating plants appears to boost metabolism this may be due to increased insulin sensitivity in ourselves allowing cells to metabolize carbohydrates storing it as body fat and as a result vegan diets have been shown to increase postprandial calorie burn by about 16% up to three hours after consuming a meal you