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Morbid Obesity Not Only Affects Weight But Overall Health

Posted Apr 30 2009 12:00am

A recent study found that workers with morbid obesity have a significantly higher prevalence of more than 100 diseases and conditions than non-morbidly obese employees. The study found that employees with morbid obesity had about five times the rate of osteoarthritis and esophageal disorders, four times the rate of Type 2 diabetes, anemia and hypertension and three times the rate of high cholesterol and asthma, compared to employees who did not have morbid obesity. Experts suggest employers who implement effective prevention and treatment strategies for morbid obesity itself could have a major impact on the overall health of their employees and reduce their overall health insurance costs. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), obesity or being overweight in America costs the health care system an estimated $117 billion and results in about $3.9 billion in lost productivity each year.

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