Obesity, a condition affecting more than one-third of U.S. adults, can lead to a broad range of diseases. Sedentary occupations and lifestyles contribute to obesity. Here are some important reasons to get your employees engaged in active, healthful routines they will learn from your corporate wellness program.
Obesity and Its Costs to Employers
- More than 1/3 of U.S. adults – 35.7% – are considered obese.
- Obesity leads to many other health issues, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
- The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008; the annual medical costs for obese people were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
- Obesity and related chronic diseases cost employers up to $93 billion per year in health insurance claims.
- The cost of obesity, including medical expenditures and absenteeism, for a company with 1,000 employees is estimated to be $277,000 per year.
- Productivity losses related to personal and family health problems cost U.S. employers $1,685 per employee per year, or $225.8 billion annually.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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