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Medical costs for workers: $59,178 for extremely obese workers vs $5,396 for normal weight
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For every 100 full time employees, extremely obese workers (BMI 40 or more) had medical costs of of $59,178 that were paid by their employer versus $5,396 for normal weight workers according to a study from Duke University. Subjects
Subjects: 11,728 employees
The study analyzed data from 11,728 health care and university employees who saw the doctor at least once between January 1, 1997, and December 31, 2004.
Ostbye T, Dement J, Krause K. Obesity and workers’ compensation: Results from the duke health and safety surveillance system. Arch Intern Med. 2007 Apr 23, 167(8):766-73.
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Department of Community and Family Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC, USA
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