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J Occup Environ Med. 2012 May;54(5):604-9. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31824b2133.

The association between body mass index class, sickness absence, and presenteeism.

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  • 1Department of Public Health, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. heidi.janssens@ugent.be

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the relationship between body mass index class, presenteeism, and prospective registered sickness absence.

METHODS:

Data were collected from 2983 Belgian workers. Presenteeism was assessed by a single question, evaluating the frequency of being at work, despite illness, during the preceding year. Sickness absence data were registered during 12 months' follow-up. Multiple logistic regression analysis was conducted.

RESULTS:

Body mass index class was positively and significantly associated with presenteeism (at least two occasions of working despite illness) in the male employees and was a significant predictor of high sickness absence (at least 10 sick leave days) in the female population. A final multivariate model demonstrated that these relations were only partly mediated by self-rated health.

CONCLUSION:

The results of this study suggest a gender difference concerning absenteeism and presenteeism in overweight and obese employees.

PMID:
22476112
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