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J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Jan;53(1):8-16. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31820451fd.

The impact of weight gain or loss on health care costs for employees at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.

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Health Outcomes, Thomson Reuters, Washington, DC, USA. Ginger.Carls@thomsonreuters.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To quantify the impact of weight gain or weight loss on health care costs.

METHODS:

Employees completing at least two health risk assessments during 2002 to 2008 were classified as adding, losing, or staying at high/low risk for each of the nine health risks including overweight and obesity. Models for each risk were used to compare cost trends by controlling for employee characteristics.

RESULTS:

Employees who developed high risk for obesity (n = 405) experienced 9.9% points higher annual cost increases (95% confidence interval: 3.0%-16.8%) than those who remained at lower risk (n = 8015). Employees who moved from high to lower risk for obesity (n = 384), experienced annual cost increases that were 2.3% points lower (95% confidence interval: -7.4% to 2.8%) than those who remained high risk (n = 1699).

CONCLUSIONS:

Preventing weight gain through effective employee health promotion programs is likely to result in cost savings for employers.

PMID:
21187786
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e31820451fd
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