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Obesity equals higher absenteeism, workers’ comp costs

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A great deal of attention has focused on the direct health costs caused by obese employees. But a new Duke University Medical Center study shows obesity also takes a heavy toll on your workers’ comp costs and absenteeism rates.

Obese workers file workers’ comp claims at twice the rate of people with healthy weights (11.6 claims per 100 full-time employees, compared with 5.8 claims for employees of healthy weight). In terms of average lost days of work, the obese population averages 183.6 lost days per 100 employees, compared with 14.1 per 100 employees in the recommended-weight range. 

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