Essay Obesity And Its Effects On The Workplace

1452 Words Dec 7th, 2016 6 Pages
More than 36% of adults are obese, especially the 30 % of women and minorities who work in sedentary office jobs. Being sedentary is a risk factor for many chronic diseases, which may lead to early mortality; for example, studies are reporting rates of increased inactivity level. The rates for men and women over the last 15 years have risen just over 32% for each gender. Encouraging or mandating employees to take breaks from sitting by participating in walking or stretching every 1-2 hours would improve worker productivity and over the health of the workplace. Office or sedentary jobs are often occupied by about the same percentage of each ethnicity each coming in at around 20%. There are major gaps of inactivity from 1984 to 2009 for all races. Also the majority of obese individuals typically live in Southeast or in the Midwest in the United States.
Exercise can decrease the risk for chronic diseases that could cause premature death; increasing activity may increase the health of employees, which may also decrease insurance and health care costs. (Bhattacharya et al,. 2005) With healthier employees there is no need to take out as big of an insurance coverage because more people are closer to the normal weight range. This is due to the fact that obese or overweight individuals tend to be sicker and spend more on health coverage. If the overhead company provides this coverage then they are paying higher insurance premiums. These plans are not risk adjusted for the…

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