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Overweight Employees Increase Health Care Cost & Lower Performance

Obese employees have much higher weight-related medical expenses and miss more work than their colleagues who maintain a healthy weight.

Spending on health care for the growing number of adults who are seriously overweight accounts for almost one-third of the national cost of treating 15 important diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and hypertension, the Lewin Group, a health care research and consulting group, said.

"Obese employees have much higher weight-related medical expenses and miss more work than their colleagues who maintain a healthy weight, a study shows. It places the annual cost at an additional $460 to $2,500 per obese person - those who are 30 or more pounds over a healthy weight."

  • The price of obesity at a company with 1000 people on staff is about $285,000 a year in medical costs and absenteeism. Roughly 30% of that cost comes from increased absences among heavyset employees, according to the study in the September/October issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.
  • Normal-weight men miss an average of three work days a year, compared with five days for men who are 60 or more pounds over a healthy weight.
  • Normal-weight women miss about 3.4 days a year vs. 5.2 days for women who are obese, that is 30 to 60 pounds overweight, and 8.2 days for extremely obese, 100 or more pounds over a healthy weight.
  • The average medical expenditure for a normal-weight man is $1,351 a year. Men who are 30 to 60 pounds overweight cost $462 more based on added medical costs and absenteeism. Extremely obese men cost $2,027 a year more.
  • Average medical expenditures for normal-weight women are $1,956. Women who are 30 to 60 pounds overweight cost $1,372 more when medical costs and missed work are included. Women who weigh 60 to 100 pounds too much cost $2,485 more.

The higher expenses are absorbed by all employees who end up paying higher health-care premiums; by businesses if they have to hire replacement workers or pick up a larger share of insurance costs; and by obese employees if they aren't paid for their time off.

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Albert O'Connell April 17, 2012 at 04:21 PM
The article is just stating some facts. Specifically what part of the article do you find "despicable"? I welcome your comments.
Krystyna April 17, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I can totally see Mr.Luss's reaction for the following reasons: 1 - You did not provide a link to cite where any of your facts/data came from (we’ll find out why shortly) 2 - The facts/data you cited from Lewin Group is from 2005 - see link to USA Today article that cites (American Journal of Health Promotion) http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2005-09-11-obesity-workforce_x.htm 3 - "Your article" is basically a plagiarism of the USA Today article - another example of bad form. 2- If one reads the article to conclusion it appears more to be an advert for hypnotherapy. You are a Certified Hypnotist, listed at the The Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute that you have linked as a consideration to join into a Hypnosis workshop and to follow you provide a link to your own website. This makes you like you are fishing for clients and not providing information on healthcare or job performance. It would not matter if the article were about Obesity, Smoking, Drug addiction or Sex addiction for that matter - it still reads as an advert for your own services. Your link: http://www.southamptonhospital.org/Services/Wellness-Institute/default.aspx Your own website: http://beachhypnotist.com/
Krystyna April 17, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Why yes he should.
Cat Wrangler April 17, 2012 at 07:17 PM
patch is based on individuals providing content, and a very strong and legitimate reason to contribute is self promotion. patch should not be your go to for hard news.

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