Navigation Links
Productivity Takes a Hit From Obesity, Diabetes
Date:5/13/2009

More lost time signals need for workplace interventions, experts say

WEDNESDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- Obese workers with diabetes are less productive than their normal-weight co-workers, says a U.S. study.

Researchers surveyed 7,338 working adults about missed work time, reduced work effectiveness and impairment of daily activities. The results showed that people who were obese and had type 2 diabetes lost 11 percent to 15 percent of work time (about 5.9 hours a week) because of health problems, compared with 9 percent of work time (about 3.6 hours a week) lost by normal-weight people.

The survey also found that obese people with type 2 diabetes reported impairment during 20 percent to 34 percent of their daily activities, such as taking care of children, shopping and exercising.

The findings are in the May/June issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

"From an employer's perspective, this study provides evidence that workplace wellness programs that include weight loss and weight management would be beneficial for obese employees with or at risk for diabetes," Kathleen Fox, president of Strategic Healthcare Solutions and a co-author of the study, said in a news release from the Center for the Advancement of Health.

The study supports previously published research that found "the heavier people are, the most lost productivity at work," Anne Wolf, an instructor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, who specializes in researching the economic effects of obesity, said in the news release. This study was different, she said, in that it found an independent effect of diabetes on worker productivity.

"Employers who spend money in a lifestyle intervention will find their investment returned to them in the form of increased productivity and reduced absenteeism," Wolf said.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases outlines the health risks of being overweight.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Center for the Advancement of Health, news release, April 30, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. End-to-End HR Performance Benchmarks: Metrics That Will Help Turn the HR Cost Center into a Productivity Driver
2. SigmaSoft International Partners with Netrics to Create MedDRA and WHODrug Productivity Tool
3. UPMC and UPMC Health Plan Recognized Nationally for Quality Leadership in Employee Health and Productivity
4. IncentOne Adds 14 New Clients Year to Date to Health and Productivity Division
5. Baxa Corporation Signs Strategic Reseller Agreement With MedKeeper for Web-Based Productivity Tool
6. Using Efficient Communication to Boost Pharma Sales Force Productivity
7. From Research to Practice: Healthfitness, Eastman Chemical Company Case Study Demonstrates Real-World Health Gains and Productivity Savings
8. Protecting Productivity at the Worksite in Challenging Times
9. DuPont Hosts Meeting of Leading Plant Scientists to Improve World Agricultural Productivity
10. NetMotion Wireless Boosts Mobile Productivity for Visiting Nurse Service of New York
11. Skills Application and Productivity Rank as the Most Effective Training Measures for First-Year Pharmaceutical Reps
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Productivity Takes a Hit From Obesity, Diabetes
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Intalere, the healthcare industry ... for its inaugural Member Conference at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., ... health of America’s healthcare providers. , The conference was highlighted by the announcement ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... Illinois (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... with women’s basketball as a partner for the Tamika Catchings Legacy Tour ... As the industry leader in hardwood basketball surfaces in all forms and levels of ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... The Woodlands at John ... a new model of care for living and healing, celebrated its grand opening, today. ... in a Real Home provided by Empowered Staff. , “This is an incredibly fulfilling ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... There are nearly 14.5 million people living with ... worldwide. On Sunday, June 5, 2016, communities around the world will gather to recognize ... , National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life that is ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Catalent Pharma Solutions, ... biologics, consumer health and global clinical supply services, today announced two key appointments ... company’s continued investment and strategic growth plans in the Asia Pacific region. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/26/2016)... May 26, 2016 According to a ... Management Market - U.S. Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, ... in the U.S. was valued at US$ 5.89 Bn in ... 3.4% from 2015 to 2023 to reach US$ 7.99 Bn ... current and emerging needle free drug delivery devices and the ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... Tenn. , May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... of software and analytics, network solutions and ... today announced it entered into a strategic ... provider of outpatient software solutions and revenue ... centers, specialty hospitals and rehabilitation clinics to ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... , May 25, 2016 According ... by Type (3D, 2D, 4D), by Therapeutic Area (Oncology, ... End User (Medical Device Manufacturers, Hospitals/ Clinics) - Forecast ... global Medical Animation Market for the forecast period of ... USD 301.3 Million by 2021 from USD 117.3 Million ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: