Obesity and the health conditions associated with it; such as, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease, and certain types of cancer are responsible for much of the increase in health care spending by employers. Obese people spend 77% more money for necessary medications than non-obese people.
Obesity affects more than health care costs; it also has a significant effect on productivity in the workplace, because the more chronic medical conditions an employee has, the higher the probability of absenteeism or presenteeism. (Presenteeism: The employee is present at work but not being fully productive).
A worksite wellness program can feature information and activities that promote healthy eating, regular physical activity, and weight loss among employees. Empowering them to prevent or delay and manage diabetes.
- Page last reviewed: December 29, 2016
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