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    Belly fat is associated with excessive sick days


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    Thursday, October 21, 2004 6:02 am Email this article
    Belly fat is associated with sick days according to a study from Brussels, Belgium.

    Central obesity (carrying excess weight in a person’s mid-section) is associated with sick days and long spells of sick time, but BMI is not according to the study.

    Men 31 percent more sick days; women 32-47 percent more

    Men with central obesity were 31 percent more likely to take more than a normal amount of sick days or have long spells of sick days than leaner men.

    Women with central obesity were 32 percent more likely to take more than a normal amount of sick days, and 47 percent more likely to have long spells of sick days than other women.

    “[E]mployers may benefit from programs aiming at the prevention and treatment of central obesity,” the study concluded.

    Subjects: 20,463 workers from 25 companies in Belgium

    The study involved 20,463 workers (15,557 males and 4,906 females) aged 35- to 59-years old from 25 companies across Belgium between 1994 and 1998. They reviewed workers absenteeism during one year.

    REFERENCE

    Moreau M, Valente F, Mak R, Pelfrene E, De Smet P, De Backer G, Kornitzer M. Obesity, body fat distribution and incidence of sick leave in the belgian workforce: the belstress study. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2004 Apr, 28(4):574-82.

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