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