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Document ID (ISN)109904
CIS number 09-819
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Martin B.C., Church T.S., Bonnell R., Ben-Joseph R., Borgstadt T.
Title The impact of overweight and obesity on the direct medical costs of truck drivers
Bibliographic information Feb. 2009, Vol.51, No.2, p.180-184. Illus. 13 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to quantify health care costs of truck drivers across categories of normal weight, overweight, and obese weight. Health care claims data from a transportation logistics company were obtained from 2004 to 2005 concerning 2849 truckers and were merged with their body mass index measures. A regression model was used to adjust for demographic and occupational variables. Unadjusted trimmed total cost for overweight subjects (USD 1613) and obese subjects (USD 1792) were significantly higher than for normal weight subjects (USD 1012). After multivariate adjustment, obese and overweight subjects had on average, USD 591 and USD 383 higher health care costs respectively than normal weight subjects. Both overweight and obese individuals had higher prevalences of hyperlipidemia, diabetes and hypertension than their normal weight counterparts.
Descriptors (primary) USA; obesity; body weight; economic aspects; road transport; drivers
Descriptors (secondary) hypertension; diabetes mellitus; cost of diseases; state of health; statistical evaluation; lipids
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Metabolic diseases
Road transportation
Economic aspects