There’s no doubt that obesity is an epidemic in the United States.
Our children may be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents thanks to obesity and the many related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and heart disease.
Among adults, according to the CDC, 35.9% of U.S. citizens ages 20 and older are obese. Another 33.3% are overweight, but not obese. That leaves slightly less than 31% of United States citizens who are at a healthy weight.
It doesn’t take a scientist to understand that those who are chronically obese or overweight will likely cost a company more in health care.
In addition, those workers are absent from the work place more often. “A 2011 Gallup survey estimated obese or overweight full-time U.S. workers miss an additional 450 million days of work each year, compared to healthy workers, resulting in more than $153 billion in lost productivity” (Wall Street Journal).
While we may consider obesity a personal issue, each person’s obesity and related health issues affect not only themselves, but their employers and their families.