Research Updates

Do obese workers cost more?

Hannah Bourne

Investigating obesity-related costs for employers.

Take Home Messages: Employees’ medical costs and costs due to paid time off work increased with increasing body mass index. Annual health care costs were 11% higher for underweight employees, 20% higher for obese employees and 72% higher for severely obese employees than for employees of a normal weight. Why the research matters:  Obesity rates are rising in the general population, placing an increased burden on the h...

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