Study: Obesity Increases Costs at Workplace

by Joy Keller on Jan 01, 2006

What impact does obesity have on America’s bottom line? Researchers at RTI International and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study to record costs associated with heft in the workplace. The findings appeared in the September/ October 2005 issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

The average annual per capita increase in medical expenditures and absenteeism associated with obesity ranges from $450 to $2,500 per obese employee. Costs increase along with BMI.

The combined annual per capita cost of being an obese man, including medical expenses and absenteeism, ranges from $460 to $2,030. For women the per capita cost ranges from $1,370 to $2,485.

The estimated cost of obesity at a firm with 1,000 employees is about $285,000 per year.



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Joy Keller

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Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master.