Author(s): Bungum T, Satterwhite M, Jackson AW, Morrow JR Jr
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: To assess the relationship between body mass index, as categorized by the recently released guidelines of the NHLBI, and health care costs and absenteeism in a sample of municipal workers. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was employed that compared the obesity-related health care costs and absences of normal and overweight/obese city workers. RESULTS: While accounting for age, gender, race, smoking behavior, and educational attainment, BMI predicted both average annual health-care costs and work absence hours. CONCLUSIONS: The NHLBI guidelines for overweight and obesity effectively predicted absences and health care costs.
This article was published in Am J Health Behav
and referenced in Journal of Nutritional Disorders & Therapy