The relationship of body mass index with health care costs and absenteeism in a sample of city employees
American Journal of Health Behavior
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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.
A cross-sectional study was employed that compared the obesity-related health care costs and absences of normal and overweight/obese city workers.
While accounting for age, gender, race, smoking behavior, and educational attainment, BMI predicted both average annual health-care costs and work absence hours.
The NHLBI guidelines for overweight and obesity effectively predicted absences and health care costs.
Absenteeism; Absenteeism (Labor); Adult; Age distribution (Demography); Age Factors; Body mass index; Cost of Illness; Cross-Sectional Studies; Female; Health Care Costs; Humans; Local government; Logistics--Mathematical models; Logistic Models; Male; Men; Medical care; Cost of; Middle Aged; Minorities; Minority Groups; National Institutes of Health (U.S.); Obesity; Obesity/economics; Obesity/ethnology; Obesity—Treatment; Older people; Overweight persons; Questionnaires; Sex distribution (Demography); Sex Factors; Smoking; Southwestern United States; United States; United States--Southwestern States; Women
Community-Based Research | Community Health | Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition | Nutrition | Public Health
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Bungum, T. J.,
Jackson, A. W.,
Morrow, J. R.
The relationship of body mass index with health care costs and absenteeism in a sample of city employees.
American Journal of Health Behavior, 27(4),