Home
Subscribe (free)
About NaturalNews
Contact Us
Write for NaturalNews
Media Info
Advertising Info
Obesity

Obesity costs society $73 billion just in lost productivity

Sunday, October 10, 2010 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Tags: obesity, productivity, health news


Most Viewed Articles
https://www.naturalnews.com/030000_obesity_productivity.html
Delicious
diaspora
Print
Email
Share

(NaturalNews) The societal costs of obesity are typically thought of in terms of the health care costs associated with treating obesity related disease. But a new study has found another cost that has not often been considered: lost productivity. According to researchers from Duke University, obese workers costs society more than $73 billion a year in lost productivity.

Published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the study evaluated data from a 2006 nationwide survey on employee absenteeism as well as presenteeism, which means showing up for work sick or simply under-performing at work due to physical constraints and inability. The team found that for every categorical increase on the body mass index (BMI) scale, lost productivity at work doubled.

"As you increase in your BMI, there is just a tremendous increase in the impact of that obesity on work productivity," explained Marco daCosta Di Bonaventura, director of health economics and outcomes research at Kantar Health, a health-care consulting company, and co-author of the study.

Women with a BMI between 30 and 34.9, which is still considered to be obese, averaged roughly 6.3 days of lost work time per year while at work. But women with a BMI over 40 averaged the equivalent of nearly 23 workdays a year while at work. And in men, the results were similar.

"Now that we've uncovered this sort of hidden cost, I think that it ups the ante for [employers] to think harder about what sort of interventions they want to implement," said study author Eric Finkelstein, deputy director for health services and systems research at both Duke University and the National University of Singapore, in an interview with LifeScience.

In an earlier study covered by NaturalNews back in January, researchers found that obesity-related medical expenses cost more than $344 billion a year. When combined with current productivity loss figures, total obesity-related costs approach nearly a half trillion dollars a year.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39571973/ns/heal...

Join the Health Ranger's FREE email newsletter
Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time. | Learn more...

comments powered by Disqus


Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Get alerted on heavy metals and pesticide test results for foods and supplements

Natural News is about to begin releasing lab test results for off-the-shelf food, supplement and pet food products, covering heavy metals, nutritive minerals, pesticides and herbicides. These details will be released exclusively to Natural News email newsletter subscribers (FREE) and will NOT be publicly posted on the website. To be alerted, join our free email newsletter now, and watch for lab test results in the weeks ahead.

Enter your email address below to subscribe to our email announcement list (but don't use gmail). Your privacy is protected and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you don't join our email list, you may never see our valuable content again via Facebook, Google or YouTube. CENSORSHIP has now reached EXTREME levels across the 'net. The truth is being suffocated. Subscribe now if you want to escape the delusional bubble of false reality being pushed by Google and Facebook.

Once you click subscribe, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free subscription.