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Obesity Costs Employers 73.1 Billion Per Year

Posted Oct 09 2010 12:00am

A recent study has found that obese workers actually cost U.S. employers $73.1 billion/year. That estimated cost of obesity among full-time workers included three factors: medical costs, lost productivity on the job due to health problems, and absence from work. The study included individuals who were normal weight, overweight and obese. Experts are recommending that employers should promote a company-wide culture of wellness, and provide economic and other incentives to workers who strive to improve their health by losing weight, maintaining a healthy weight and/or taking part in other healthy lifestyle behaviors.

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