Working Fat

Sure, obesity takes a huge toll on your body, but, what are its larger implications? Here’s one. According to the Associated Press overweight workers cost their bosses more in injury claims than their slimmer colleagues. Carla K. Johnson has more:
Obesity experts said they hope the study will convince employers to invest in programs to help fight obesity. One employment attorney warned companies that treating fat workers differently could lead to discrimination complaints.


Duke University researchers also found that the fattest workers had 13 times more lost workdays due to work-related injuries, and their medical claims for those injuries were seven times higher than their fit co-workers.

Overweight workers were more likely to have claims involving injuries to the back, wrist, arm, neck, shoulder, hip, knee and foot than other employees.
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