Obese Workers Can Cost More
The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. researched the type and severity of claims in both obese and non-obese workers and analyzed the difference. The study found that obese workers (about 30 pounds overweight or with a BMI greater than 30) and morbidly obese workers (about 100 or more pounds overweight) who were injured were much more likely to end up with a permanent disability than a non-obese individual. In general the cost and duration of an injury were more for these groups as well. Obesity increases the risk for injury as well as other conditions such as:
Hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, and some cancers.
Though the study also points out that variation in claims is important to consider, since in some cases a non-obese person may take longer to heal, it is important for employers to encourage their employees to lead healthy lifestyles. Through wellness programs and education, employers can help lead their employees to be responsible for their own health.
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