A few months ago, Tracy Raymond, a first-grade teacher in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, discovered that she was too fat for her school. A 50-year-old mother of two, Ms. Raymond has always carried around extra padding, but it never bothered her. I know Im heavier than I should be for my height, but Im not obese, she says. I really dont care.
If the diet police has its way, she might have to start caring. Because according to her employer, her weight is a big problemso much so that she was warnedthat if she didnt lose weight and lower her cholesterol, either by participating in a wellness program or fixing theproblemson her own, her insurance premiums would increase by $50 a month.