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A framework for the concurrent consideration of occupational hazards and obesity.

Authors
Schulte-PA; Wagner-GR; Downes-A; Miller-DB
Source
Ann Occup Hyg 2008 Oct; 52(7):555-566
NIOSHTIC No.
20034432
Abstract
Occupational hazards and obesity can lead to extensive morbidity and mortality and put great financial burden on society. Historically, occupational hazards and obesity have been addressed as separate unrelated issues, but both are public health problems and there may be public health benefits from considering them together. This paper provides a framework for the concurrent consideration of occupational hazards and obesity. The framework consists of the following elements: (i) investigate the relationship between occupational hazards and obesity, (ii) explore the impact of occupational morbidity and mortality and obesity on workplace absence, disability, productivity and healthcare costs, (iii) assess the utility of the workplace as a venue for obesity prevention programs, (iv) promote a comprehensive approach to worker health and (v) identify and address the ethical, legal and social issues. Utilizing this framework may advance the efforts to address the major societal health problems of occupational hazards and obesity.
Keywords
Weight-factors; Weight-measurement; Health-hazards; Health-programs; Health-standards; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-psychology; Occupational-sociology; Worker-health; Workplace-studies
CODEN
AOHYA3
Publication Date
20081002
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
0003-4878
NIOSH Division
EID; HELD
Priority Area
Services
Source Name
Annals of Occupational Hygiene
State
OH; DC; WV
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