Obese workers cost $45 billion, but what should employers do?

May 2008
H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks;May2008, Vol. 82 Issue 5, p70
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The article highlights a report from The Conference Board titled "Weights and Measures: What Employers Should Know About Obesity." According to the report, obese employees cost U.S. private employers $45 billion annually in medical expenditures and work loss. Employers need to compare the risks of being too intrusive in managing obese employees and be aware of any potential discrimination risk before addressing employees' weight.


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