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Obese Workers Take More Sick Time Than Those of Normal Weight

Posted Aug 10 2010 12:00am

A new study shows that obese people (BMI of greater than 30) take more time off work for illness than their normal weight counterparts. The results show obese individuals took four more sick days per year on average than those of a healthy weight. Obesity is known to increase the risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It is not surprising that obese individuals would require more sick leave, especially in the form of long-term absences. However, the study also found obesity increased the risk for short-term absences the time someone might take off if he or she had the flu. The researchers hope the findings may induce employers to take action to encourage their employees to lose weight.

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