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A Gallup Poll on obesity among workers reports that when obese workers have several chronic co-morbidities, their lost work days shoot up.
This no surprise! There is much data to support that obesity and excessive weight gain leads to less productivity in the workplace along with other psycho social issues in the workplace. Because of this there is great value in corporate wellness. It is good to see more supportive data emphasizing wellness in the workplace.
Gallup reported that full-time workers who are of normal weight and do not suffer from chronic health conditions make up 13.9% of the U.S. workforce and average .34 unhealthy days each month — or about 4 days per year. The average number of unhealthy days per month is slightly higher at .36 among those who are overweight or obese and do not have additional chronic health conditions.
Unhealthy days per month increase further to 1.08 for workers who are overweight or obese and have one to two additional chronic health conditions. Workers who are of an above-normal weight and have three or more chronic health conditions report a significantly higher average of 3.51 unhealthy days per month — that is about 42 days per year.