Are your employees overweight or obese?

by Silvio Bianculli on September 3, 2010

Research shows that nearly 30% of the workforce is obese.

Obesity contributes to a myriad of health problems, such as heart attacks, cancer, and diabetes, and costs the country billions of dollars.

Carrying these extra pounds adversely affected worker’s productivity, according to the December 2004 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

For example, in Britain obesity now accounts for: *18 million sick days
* 30,000 deaths a year
* 9 lost years of life expectancy
* and an added annual cost of almost $1 billion to the National Health Service. (Source: New York Times on April 19, 2005)

On the other hand, Honeywell Inc showed 48% of participants lowered their cholesterol levels after one year, and achieved a 64% drop in blood pressure, because of their Live Saver Program.

A recent Duke study says: Obese workers cost employers more and the extra weight affects the bottom line. Researchers studied Duke University’s workers’ compensation claims and records of 11,728 employees who had health-risk appraisals from 1997 to 2004. Workers’ compensation costs rose gradually with the workers’ weight.

Overweight employees took 4x the number of days off after being injured or getting sick at work. Mildly obese employees took 5x as many days off. The most obese employees took 13x as many days off.

Workers Compensation: Extremely obese workers are more likely than their healthy-weight counterparts to file workers’ compensation claims and workers take longer to return to work.

Healthy Weight & Diet~~~~Morbidly Obese/Unhealthy Diet

Claims:                     5.8~~~~~11.65

Lost work days:  14.19~~~~183.63

Claims cost:      $7,503~~~~$51,019

(Source: News & Observer, Published: April 24 2007)

Overweight Nation

One Nation Overweight, a CNBC prime time documentary that featured an interview with Johnson & Johnson Chairman, and CEO, William Weldon discussing the company’s commitment to prevention and wellness in the workplace and the extraordinary impact of the obesity epidemic and its complications.

The numbers are devastating: $147 billion a year. Over 200 million Americans, including a third of our children are at risk. Obesity is our largest public health crisis.

Click on the link below for this amazing video!

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