Title

The relationship of body mass index with health care costs and absenteeism in a sample of city employees

Document Type

Article

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess the relationship between body mass index, as categorized by the recently released guidelines of the NHLBI, and health care costs and absenteeism in a sample of municipal workers.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional study was employed that compared the obesity-related health care costs and absences of normal and overweight/obese city workers.

RESULTS:

While accounting for age, gender, race, smoking behavior, and educational attainment, BMI predicted both average annual health-care costs and work absence hours.

CONCLUSIONS:

The NHLBI guidelines for overweight and obesity effectively predicted absences and health care costs.

Disciplines

Community-Based Research | Community Health | Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition | Nutrition | Public Health

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