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    The very obese are twice as likely to suffer an injury at work


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    Monday, May 14, 2007 6:39 am Email this article
    Popele who are the most obese are 2.2 times as likely to suffer an injury at work compared to those who are normal weight according to a study of hourly workers at a U.S. aluminum manufacturing company. "Injuries to the leg or knee were especially prevalent among members of this very obese group," ther paper noted. Subjects

    Subjects: 7690 workers analyzed for three years

    The study analyzed three years worth of records of 7690 workers from eight plants.

     

    Injured

    29% of workers injuried

    Twenty-nine percent of workers suffered at least one injury.

    85% overweight or obese

    Eighty-five percent of those injuried were overweight or obese.

     

    Conclusion

    Conclusion: There is an association between weight and injuries

    “Research findings support an association between body mass index and traumatic workplace injuries among manufacturing employees,” the paper concluded.

    REFERENCE

    Pollack K, Sorock GS, Slade M, Cantley L, Sircar K, Taiwo O, Cullen MR. Association between body mass index and acute traumatic workplace injury in hourly manufacturing employees. Am J Epidemiol. 2007 May 7.

    AUTHOR’S CORRESPONDENCE

    Department of Health Policy and Management
    Center for Injury Research and Policy
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Baltimore, MD USA

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