Real Appeal Program

April 13, 2017

Weight issues in the U.S. have reached epidemic proportions. It’s estimated that nearly seven out of ten adults (69 percent) are considered overweight or obese1 and overweight and obese workers have medical claims that are 7x higher than their fit coworkers.2 Health care costs directly related to excess pounds are estimated to double each decade, reaching $957 billion in 2030.3 Being overweight increases the risk of developing diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.4

UnitedHealthcare’s Real Appeal can help reverse this trend, with tools and support to help employees lose weight, feel good and prevent weight-related health conditions.

Real Appeal takes an evidence-based approach to support weight loss. The program helps people make small changes necessary for larger long-term health results, based on weight-loss research studies commissioned by the National Institutes of Health. Real Appeal uses a highly interactive weekly internet show, videos and live online coaching to drive small behavior changes week by week over a full year. The program is designed to support members who are obese (body mass index or BMI over 30), overweight (BMI of 25 to 29.9) or simply ready to lose weight.

Real Appeal Resources



Employer Flyer

Webinar Playback – August 2016

Contact your UnitedHealthcare representative to learn more about program availability and how employers can activate this new benefit and encourage employee engagement. 


 1. Flegal et al., “Prevalence of obesity and trends in the distribution of body mass index among U.S. adults”; The Journal of the American Medical Association; 2012.
2. Finklestein et al., “Obesity and Severe Obesity Forecast Through 2030”; American Journal of Preventive Medicine; 2012.
3. American Heart Association; “Overweight and Obesity: 2012 Statistical Fact Sheet”; January 2012.
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); “Vital Signs: Adult Obesity”; August 2010.