The Relationship of Body Mass Index, Medical Costs, and Job Absenteeism
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 27, Number 4, July 2003 , pp. 456-462(7)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objectives: To assess the relationship between body mass index, as categorized by the recently released guidelines of the NHLBI, and health care costs and absenteeism in a sample of municipal workers. Methods: A cross-sectional study was employed that compared the obesity-related health care costs and absences of normal and overweight/obese city workers. Results: While accounting for age, gender, race, smoking behavior, and educational attainment, BMI predicted both average annual health-care costs and work absence hours. Conclusions: The NHLBI guidelines for overweight and obesity effectively predicted absences and health care costs.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2003-07-01
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