Changing the weight of the workplace
An organization is only as healthy as its employees
Obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases place a significant financial burden on individuals and organizations
More than 80% of our healthcare dollars are spent treating chronic lifestyle diseases – almost all of which are caused by or exacerbated by obesity
People suffering from obesity have much higher rates of inpatient services, emergency services, and prescription drug utilization than those of normal weight
Employees with obesity are much more likely to be absent from work. They also have higher rates of presenteeism and incur significantly higher costs in the area of disability and worker’s compensation
Learn how a disease management program targeting obesity can improve the health and overall healthcare spend of your organization
Your employees want to be healthy. Give them the tools they need to live vibrant, productive lives. It will benefit everyone.
Direct healthcare costs are 37-200% more for employees with obesity. The prevalence of obesity is steadily rising. Do you know what this looks like for your organization?
In order to change this, you have to involve three key groups of people:
The success of an organization is only as good as the individuals that work there. When people are struggling with chronic disease, their ability to give 100% is compromised – at work, at home, everywhere. People want to live vibrant lives full of purpose and joy. Too often, they lack the resources or support to accomplish this. Providing them with a way to improve their health improves every aspect of their lives.
The burden associated with excess weight is primarily borne by employers, who pay the majority of healthcare costs. When employers provide healthcare programs that truly enhance employees’ lives, they not only create a better company culture, but they also improve the bottom line, and money that was previously allocated to healthcare can be redistributed to the people putting in the hard work.
Healthcare providers want the best for their patients. However, most have little to no training in weight management, so they rarely address the problem. With adequate training, on-site/near-site providers can provide patients with evidence-based therapies targeted at weight reduction. Being a part of health improvement, rather than health management, typically creates happier, more fulfilled clinicians.