- The combined annual per capita cost for an obese man, including medical expenses and absenteeism, is $460 to $2,030. For women, it is $1,370 to $2,485. 1
- Workers’ compensation costs are higher
- The estimated cost of obesity (excluding overweight) for a business with 1,000 employees is $285,000 per year. 1
- The total cost of obesity to U.S. companies as a result of lower productivity and absenteeism is estimated at $73.1 billion per year. 2
Wellness at Work
Decrease workers’ compensation and disability claims by as much as 30%
Decrease short-term sick leave by up to 32%
Save $ 3-$ 6 for every $ 1 invested in wellness
Reduce healthcare costs by 20-55%
There is NO COST OR CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION to become a Corporate Wellness Partner!
Corporate Wellness Partnership Benefits Include:
We accept most private insurance or HSAs/FSAs
Obesity: The Price Employers Pay
1. Finkelstein E., Fiebelkorn I., & Wang G. (2005). The Cost of Obesity Among Full-Time Employees. American Journal: Health Promotions, 20(1), 45-51.
2. Pappas, S. Obesity’s hidden job costs: $73 billion. Retrieved from msnbc.msn.com
Workers’ Compensation (and Disability Claims) Cost Per 100 Employees
In April 2007, a team of medical researchers at Duke University published a remarkable study relating obesity in the workplace to the number of Workers’ Compensation (WC) claims submitted by employees, and the results were startling.
Over a period of 8 years involving more than 50,000 employees the researchers were able to correlate Body Mass Index (BMI) to the number of Workers’ Compensation claims and the dollar costs to a company.
When calculating lost work days, the researchers determined that the effect on lost work days was 183.63 for obese employees versus 14.19 per healthy employees. Furthermore, the medical claims, costs $51,091 per 100 obese full-time employees versus $7, 500 per 100 non-obese full-time employees.
Ostbythe, T., Dement, J., & Krause, K. (2007). Obesity and Workers’ Compensation: Results From the Duke Health and Safety Surveillance System.Archives of Internal Medicine, 167, 766-773.
Economic Effect of Obesity on Businesses: 3-Year Cost*
A growing body of research shows that overweight and obese Americans are costing businesses in several direct and indirect ways, according to a new report in Bloomberg. For one, employers in the United States pay higher health insurance premiums to cover the medical costs associated with it. Obesity also leads to higher rates of absenteeism and loss workplace productivity.
* Based on The Obesity Society. BMI > 27.8 kg/m2 in men; 27.3 kg/m2 in women and Burton et al. (2008). Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 40, 786.
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If you’re among the two-thirds of Americans who are overweight or obese, shedding pounds is a no-brainer way to save. For example, even losing 7% of your weight may lower blood pressure enough to erase the need for medication.
The problem is, losing weight and keeping it off isn’t easy. Research shows 9/10 dieters gain the weight back and even more when do it by themselves. Research indicates it’s harder for many people to stick with a DIY approach than a more formal one.
*Program cost not per pound. ** Based on Moneymagazine figures retrieved from [link ]on data from 8,400 Medi-Weightloss™ patients who, on average, lost 26.9 pounds during the first nine weeks of program (total of 10 visits, including the Initial Consultation). The cost per pound is inclusive of all items patients purchased, including supplements.
General Motors: A Case Study
In a study of nearly 200,000 overweight and obese employees, individuals incurred up to $1,500 more in annual medical costs than healthy-weight individuals.1
Obesity cost GM $286 million in 2004.2
1 Shirley, M., Chifung, L., Timothy, M., Laura, C., & Dee, E. (2004). Association of Additional Health Risks on Medical Charges and Prevalence of Diabetes Within Body Mass Index Categories, American Journal of Health Promotion, V18 (I3), 264.
2 Carl Vinson Institute of Government & College of Family and Consumer Sciences. (2008). Impact of Childhood Obesity, Georgia Policy Opportunities: Childhood Obesity, 3.
Why Corporate Wellness?
Corporate Wellness Programs are an investment in your most important resource: your employees. Employees who participate in Corporate Wellness Programs tend to have increased job satisfaction, improved concentration and focus, more energy, less stress, and an overall healthier work-life balance. Along with helping employees, successfully-implemented Corporate Wellness Programs benefit companies by reducing absenteeism due to illness, lowering healthcare costs, improving worker morale, thus lowering turnover, and helping companies attract and retain top-notch workers.
Medi-WeightlossTM has developed this Corporate Weightloss and Wellness Guide as a resource for companies who do not have Wellness Programs. Our goal is to point your organization in the right direction as you develop a Corporate Wellness Program.
This guide includes:
Key steps to designing your Corporate Wellness Program