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08 October 2010

Obese worker - more than insurance

The cost of obesity among US full-time employees is estimated to be $73.1 billion, according to a new study by a Duke University obesity researcher.

The cost of obesity among US full-time employees is estimated to be $73.1 billion, according to a new study by a Duke University obesity researcher, published today in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Collectively, the per capita costs of obesity are as high as $16,900 for obese women with a body mass index (BMI) over 40 (roughly 100 pounds overweight) and $15,500 for obese men in the same BMI class. Presenteeism makes up the largest share of those costs.

 
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