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Workplace Wellness Programs: Waistlines Impact Your Bottom Line

October 13, 2012
by Jeff Levi
Business Civic Leadership Center Blog

 

For the past two decades, as the obesity epidemic has grown, so has its cost to the country and employers.  Right now, we’re spending an estimated $147 to $210 billion a year on obesity-related medical costs.

According to a new analysis by the National Heart Forum published in our latest F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future report, if the United States continue on our current track, half of Americans – 65 million more adults – could be obese by 2030, and medical costs associated with obesity could increase by an additional $48 to $66 billion a year and the loss in productivity could rise to between $390 and $580 billion annually.    

 

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