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According to a recent study, obese employees contribute more to health care costs than smokers by a large margin ($5,400 vs. $1,300). (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine)

Workplace Wellness Program for Obese/Overweight Employees

We are a "Super Size" society....

corporate-pie-chartOver 33% of Americans are considered obese with another 34% who are clinically overweight, according to the 2010 Centers for Disease Control National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Medical costs for obese workers are 42% higher than non-obese employees. The Center for Disease Control has conducted extensive research that has found that even a 10% reduction in weight translates into a reduction of $2,200 to $5,300 in lifetime medical costs.

According to a Gallup poll, overweight or obese full-time workers miss 450 million more days of work each year than healthy-weight workers, costing businesses over $153 billion or 1% of total US GDP annually in lost productivity.

checkupThe Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that workplace wellness programs return savings of $3 to $6 for every $1 spent. Obese workers are 1.7 times more likely to experience a high level of absenteeism, defined as six or more absences over a six-month period.

Companies with wellness programs see a 26% reduction in the use of health insurance benefits and a 28% reduction in the use of sick leave.

The list of co-morbid conditions related to obesity and overweight is alarmingly long. Research has shown that as weight increases to the levels of overweight and obesity, the risks for the following conditions increase dramatically:

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  • Coronary heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Dyslipidemia (high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
  • Stroke, Liver disease, Gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of joint cartilage and underlying bone)
  • Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)

If your overweight employees suffer from co-morbid conditions, our program can help.

Results drawn from data collected at our clinics show that California Medical Weight Management program participants lose an average of 3–5 pounds per week during the initial rapid weight loss step.* In conjunction with this rapid weight loss, many co-morbid conditions also simultaneously improve.

*Disclaimer: Results are typical but not guaranteed. Your actual results may vary. Real CalMWM patients shown with permission.

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