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Hidden Costs of Obesity Bring Yearly Total to $73 Billion

Loss of productivity, the hidden cost of obesity, now costs as much as medical expenditures for the condition. A new study finds that the productivity cost of obesity among full-time workers in the United States is $73.1 billion per year.

Obese people tend to be less productive at work, for reasons including additional sick days and health-related productivity costs while at work. The findings suggest employers might be able to save money by investing in health improvement programs.

Live Science reports:

“... [T]he researchers found significant costs of being obese. These costs increased with body mass index (BMI), a measure of height and weight that researchers use to define obesity ... Men in the lower BMI category lost 2.3 days of at-work productivity per year, while men with BMIs over 40 lost 21.9 -- three full weeks.”

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