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New Study Shows Morbidly Obese Workforce Has Higher Prevalence of 100+ Diseases and Conditions
Date:4/29/2009

3,020 matched employees who did not have morbid obesity. The entire database contains information from many large employers with workforces of 5,000 to 100,000 and employees in all 50 states. Employees in the morbid obesity and control groups were matched by age, tenure, gender, marital status, race, exempt status, employment status, salary and geographic region. Workers were largely full-time (96%), female (71%), white (56%) and on average, 40-years-old.

All AHRQ categories of diseases and conditions were evaluated, but to eliminate rare categories, only those affecting at least 0.5% of the total population were included in the results. This method resulted in comparisons of 131 of the original 261 condition categories when comparing morbidly obese employees to controls and comparisons of 106 categories when comparing prevalence of conditions before and after bariatric surgery.

The authors of the study acknowledge in the article published in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine that Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (EES) "sponsored this research and assisted with the design of the analytical plan, analysis, interpretation of the data, and review of the manuscript." EES is a manufacturer of advanced medical devices for minimally invasive and open surgical procedures, including general and bariatric surgery.

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