Study Shows Obese Employees And Their Issues Cost Employers Some Stacks

- By Bossip Staff

If you’re obese and employed in America, know that your unhealthy eating habits are putting a strain on more than just your wallet.

Researchers are saying that in addition to the general strain obesity puts on the healthcare system, some of the health issues overweight people deal with also cost their jobs major paper.

Research released Friday by Duke University found that the cost to employers of obesity among full-time employees was $73.1 billion a year.

While previous estimates looked mainly at the direct health care costs of obesity, lead researcher Eric Finkelstein, deputy director for health services and systems research at Duke-National University of Singapore, and his colleagues found that “presenteeism,” or the lost productivity incurred when employees try to work despite health problems, cost employers a whopping $12.1 billion per year, nearly twice as much as their medical costs.

The solution the researchers suggest? Employers should give their full-time staff more incentives to drop the extra pounds.


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  • Iyan

    Obesity and old people will do the trick. I’m surprised the age thing is not mentioned, being that more and more people are deciding just to keep working until they die. I have 16 salesreps in my company and the youngest is like 60 yrs old. It was easier to pay them a little more in commision and let them figure out their own healthcare. Also, the company does do the incentive for fitness. A penny for every mile, something stupid like that.

  • Just Bored

    I say get rid of ALL sick people – skinny or fat – that drain the insurance and sick time at work. If we’re going to fair about this. I’m tired of working my fat behind off covering for that skinny @$$% that stay on sick time! Or better yet, lets get rid of women that work that can still get pregnant and stay off work so many weeks and keep pushing out babies for time off, or they gotta go home cause their little b00 b00 is sick and needs to see the doctor!…..getting mad y’all LOL…

    I predict extinction of all fat people soon. Mark my words, it will become mandatory to have stomach bypas(s) surgery if your overweight by 50lbs, or if your doctor or peers deem you overweight and burden of shame for their eyes.

    This trend of a world of thinness will then leads to extinction of all people with diseases and illness (long term or short term – don’t forget NOT to cough or sneeze in public during these times), because if you have the genetic predisposition for cancer, heart problems, allergies etc;, then you can’t possibly be allowed to live among HIGHER, healthier beings. Right?

    If I am paying for some insurance you better shut up and cash that FAT check, or you and your insurance employees can be on welfare when the sick and fat are dead! – LOL


    just bored, u really are just bored.smh

  • http://bossip GAT TURNER

    I work with a fat dude, and he always has problems……….fat problems!

  • yz

    Incentives my azz you should not have to pay people to drop pounds. Heck people should care enough about their own health to do so without an incentive plan.

  • http://TLBaby I gets down like that

    He he he, Just Bored I feel you on that one. Especially about that the pregnant women theory.

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