You can't afford not to.
Controlling weight and obesity-related health conditions are especially important to organizations where the percentage of revenue spent on medical benefits continues to increase. Medical costs steadily increase as body mass index increases, but average annual medical costs are lowest for the healthy-weight group. The goal is to keep low-risk employees at a healthy weight and assist higher-risk employees in lowering their weight— and even incremental drops mean dollars (and lives) saved.
There is no question that active, physically fit employees have better work performance.
Impact of obesity.
Medical expenses are 42% higher for an obese employee versus a healthy weight employee.
It has been proposed that obesity-associated health care costs are greater than those attributable to smoking, drinking and poverty.
Full-time workers in the U.S. who are overweight or obese and have other chronic health conditions miss an estimated 450 million additional days of work each year compared to healthy workers – resulting in an estimated cost of more than $153 million in lost productivity annually.
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1 Centers for Disease Control
2 Schulte PA, Wagner GR, Ostry A, et al. Work, obesity, and occupational safety and health. Am J Pub Health 2007;97:428-436.
3 2011 Gallup Poll