Monday, May 12, 2014

Weighing the Obesity Factor in Workers’ Compensation

Obesity costs U.S. businesses $13 billion a year, according to Reuters. The disease impacts healthcare, workers’ compensation claims costs and outcomes and comorbidities, according to Kevin Glennon, a certified workers’ compensation claims professional and vice president at One Call Care Management.

Glennon and Kate Wolin, associate professor at Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Medicine, presented on the subject at the Risk Management Society conference in Denver last week.

The experts said additional adverse costs associated with obesity include $5 billion more spent on jet fuel than in 1960 and $4 billion more in gas, due to heavier automobile passengers.



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