If I figure out effective ways to get tired warehouse and construction craft employees to exercise before or after work, I deserve a Nobel Prize. It’s tough to focus on good eating and diet when you work 8 or 10 hours in a physical job. The EHS Magazine articles below discuss the relationship between obesity and workers comp claims and the difficulties in establishing an effective wellness program outside of an office setting.
Study: Obesity Increased Workers’ Comp Costs
According to the results of a new study, obese workers filed twice the number of workers’ compensation claims, had seven times higher medical costs from those claims and lost 13 times more days from work injuries or work illnesses than non-obese workers.
Study: Obesity Surpasses Smoking in Employee Health Care Costs
Obesity Linked to Job Absenteeism, Study Says
A recent study suggests that issues related to obesity and morbid obesity go far beyond the waistline. The health conditions also are associated with increased rates of work absenteeism, with estimated costs of $4.3 billion per year in the United States.