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Health Aff (Millwood). 2010 Mar-Apr;29(3):513-21. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2009.0737.

Impact of childhood obesity on employers.

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  • 1Human Resources, Integrated Health Services, IBM Corporation, Somers, New York, USA.

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  • Health Aff (Millwood). 2010 May;29(5):1082.


The impact of childhood obesity on the workplace is not well understood. A study conducted for one large employer indicated that average per capita health insurance claims costs were as high as $2,907 in 2008 for an obese child and $10,789 for a child with type II diabetes. The average claims cost for children with type II diabetes actually exceeded the level of the average claims cost for adults with type II diabetes ($8,844). This paper reviews the evidence on the impact of childhood obesity on employers and discusses opportunities for business engagement-including two current examples of activities involving employers.

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