Obesity equals higher absenteeism, workers’ comp costs

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Here’s more reason to encourage your employees to stay healthy: A new Duke University Medical Center study shows obese employees not only add to employers’ health care costs, they also take 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. And the obese population averages 183.6 lost days per 100 employees, compared with 14.1 per 100 employees in the recommended-weight range, according to the Duke study.

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