In a previous Robard blog on job absenteeism, we found that nationally, it is estimated that obesity costs employers more than $73 billion annually in higher healthcare costs — and that is a conservative estimate. The statistics don’t end there. Employees with obesity incur more than double the amount in health care, workers compensation and short-term disability costs than normal weight employees. In fact, obesity and related diseases have driven much of the increase in healthcare costs for employers. Looking toward the future, companies are beginning to look to adding weight management to their corporate wellness packages to help them reign in healthcare and HR expenses before obesity takes them under.
A Cleveland Clinic survey finds that while most Americans (88 percent) understand that there is a connection between a healthy heart and a healthy weight, most aren't doing enough - or anything - to combat their own weight issues. The survey found 74 percent are concerned about their weight and 65 percent are worried about getting heart disease due to extra pounds, yet less than half (43 percent) of Americans have tried to make dietary changes to lose weight and 40 percent of those who describe themselves as overweight or obese say they aren't careful about which foods they eat.
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