In a world where “wellness” has become a cultural signal of the American elite (think yoga and spa treatments), employers have not been afraid to market wellness programs as a one-way ticket to greater health, wealth, and happiness. Watching this kind of rhetoric on display in the wellness movement, it’s hard not to think that wellness programs actually strengthen biases against what they’re intended to combat: disability, economic stagnancy, and mental illness. In this post, I articulate precisely this worry.
Author: Camila Strassle (Guest Author)
Camila Strassle graduated from Stanford University in 2018 with a major in Human Biology and interdisciplinary honors in Ethics in Society. As an undergraduate, Camila's research focused on the hidden disability implications of workplace wellness programs, the legal history of PTSD and psychological trauma, and the effects of cultural context on cystic fibrosis outcomes. Her interests lie at the intersection of health policy, philosophy, and the law.