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Don’t let them eat cake: Join HR’s war on fat

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The focus on overweight employees has always been on the extra expense they add to an organization’s health care costs. But the issue also spills over into a productivity problem, according to a recent study.

Overweight employees are slower and less efficient, costing an average $1,800 a year in lost productivity, according to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

“The study’s results support other research that has indicated that a weight loss of 10% can yield substantial health and economic benefits,” says the study, Obesity and Presenteeism. “Even modest weight loss could result in hundreds of dollars of improved productivity costs per worker each year.”

Also, a Duke University study last year found that obese Americans were more likely to get injured at work and take time off.

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