Obesity and Health Care Costs

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Obesity in the Workplace
Suzette B. Johnson
Southern New Hampshire University

Discrimination Against the Obese in the Workplace

In the United States, there has been a substantial increase in obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every American adult is now considered obese. Obese is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Obesity can contribute to diabetes, heart disease, stroke or certain kinds of cancer. What effect does obesity have in the workplace and how can we fight it?
What is the Correlation between Obesity and Health Care Costs The CDC and the National Institute of Health (NIH) indicate that obesity contributes to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some
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Another negative would be that obesity plays a contributing factor in certain diseases which can cause loss of work. Both the employer and employee should work together in trying to combat this problem in the workplace, through education and health incentives for the employee.


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