Title

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

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2003

Publication Title

American Journal of Health Behavior

Volume

27

Issue

4

First page number:

456

Last page number:

462

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.

Keywords

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

Disciplines

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

Language

English

Permissions

Use Find in Your Library, contact the author, or interlibrary loan to garner a copy of the item. Publisher policy does not allow archiving the final published version. If a post-print (author's peer-reviewed manuscript) is allowed and available, or publisher policy changes, the item will be deposited.

Identifier

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.27.4.17

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