Employees who are 30 pounds or more overweight cost an additional $462 to $2,485 on average each year in medical expenditures and work absences, according to a study in the September-October issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion. Medical expenditures average an additional $392 to $1,591 in annual spending per employee. The cost of obesity at a 1,000-employee company could total $285,000 annually, with missed workdays accounting for about 30% of the costs, researchers said. The study examined data of full-time employees ages 18 to 64 from the 2001 and 2002 National Health Interview Survey (conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics) and the 2000 and 2001 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (administered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). -- by Joseph Mantone
Obesity costs employers thousands each year: study
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