A stockbroker platform referred to as ‘Zerodha’ located by itself surrounded by controversies, thanks to a current initiative. To stimulate healthful living among its employees, it started out a ‘BMI Challenge’ in which it will give a wage reward to all those whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated lesser than 25. Not only them, a particular person who witnesses a significant improve in normal BMI will be rewarded for their initiatives.
Zerodha’s CEO, Nithin Kamath, shared his approach on Twitter by laying down the important aspects. However, what commenced out as a noble initiative has turned out to be a nightmare as numerous netizens criticised him for pressurising their workers to glance a certain way and fat-shaming them by keeping this kind of problems.
What Is ‘BMI Challenge’?
The ‘fun’ health initiative was released on the event of World Well being Working day on April 7. “We are managing a pleasurable health and fitness plan at Zerodha. Anybody on our group with BMI< 25 gets half a month's salary as a bonus. The average BMI of our team is 25.3 and if we can get to <24 by August, everyone gets another half month as a bonus. It would be fun to compete with other companies," Kamath tweeted about the challenge.
For those who are unaware, the Body Mass Index is calculated with the help of a person’s height and weight. It helps to determine whether a person is underweight, overweight or obese. The average BMI range is between 18.5 and 24.9. If a person falls under 18.5, he or she will be considered underweight. However, if the BMI falls between 25.0 and 29.9, it will be considered overweight.
In light of this, Kamath shared a disclaimer as well. He adds,