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Document ID (ISN)111002
CIS number 10-0518
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Finkelstein E.A., DiBonaventura M.C., Burgess S.M., Hale B.C.
Title The costs of obesity in the workplace
Bibliographic information Oct. 2010, Vol.52, No.10, p. 971-976. Illus. 15 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to quantify per capita and aggregate medical expenditures and the value of lost productivity, including absenteeism and presenteeism, because of overweight and grade I, II, and III obesity among employees in the United States. A cross-sectional analysis of two surveys was made to estimate medical expenditures, absenteeism and presenteeism of overweight and grade I, II, and III obese workers. Among men, estimates range from − USD 322 for overweight to USD 26087 for grade III obese men. For women, estimates range from USD 2797 for overweight to USD 6694 for grade III. In aggregate, the annual cost attributable to obesity among full-time employees is USD 73.1 billion. Individuals with a body mass index >35 represent 37% of the obese population but are responsible for 61% of excess costs. It is concluded that successful efforts to reduce the prevalence of obesity, especially among those with a body mass index >35, could result in significant savings to employers.
Descriptors (primary) sickness absenteeism; obesity; cost of diseases
Descriptors (secondary) USA; presenteeism; body weight; cross-sectional study; economic aspects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Economic aspects