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Fat Accidents at Work

Not a heavy concept here—no pun intended—but new research has concluded that obese employees are at greater risk of work-related health problems. Eric Nagourney of The New York Times reports:
Published online in May in The American Journal of Epidemiology, the study said that workers who weigh too much were at risk for a variety of problems.

It is not just conditions caused over time by excessive stress on the overweight body, like carpal tunnel syndrome. The researchers, led by Keshia M. Pollack of Johns Hopkins University, also found a significantly higher risk of traumatic injuries from single incidents.

The study is based on a review of the medical and accident records of more than 7,600 people employed by an American aluminum manufacturing company at eight plants.
You know this already, but it’s worth mentioning. In Eat to Live Dr. Fuhrman explains that obesity is the number health concern in the United States. From the book:
The number one health problem in the United States is obesity, and if the current trend continues, by the year 2030 all adults in the United States will be obese…

…Obesity and its sequelae pose a serious challenge to physicians. Both primary-care physicians and obesity-treatment specialists fail to make an impact on the long-term health of most of their patients. Studies show that initial weight loss is followed by weight regain.1
And obesity—especially childhood obesity—can line you up for a host of health problems, take cancer for example. Dr. Fuhrman explains in Disease-Proof Your Child. Check it out:
Obesity increases the incidence of many common cancers. For example, a carefully designed study that tracked more than one million women for twenty-five years found that women who were heavier and taller as youngsters were 56 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer.2
1. Engeland A, Tretli S, Bjorge T. Height body mass index, and ovarian cancer: a follow-up of 1.1 million Norwegian women. J Natl Cancer Inst 2003;95:1244-1248.

2. Perri, M. G., S. F. Sears, Jr., and J.E. Clark. 1993. Strategies for improving maintenance of weight loss: toward a continuous care model of obesity management. Diabetes Care 16: 200-09.
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