Here are a few facts and myths about
health care and obesity. Obesity is a risk factor for many health conditions
such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high cholesterol, sleep
apnea, and cancers. And it is costing americans over 150 billion dollars per
year in medical costs. Myth number one: obesity costs don’t affect
companies at all. Myth number two: even if obesity was costing
companies money there’s not much that can be done about it. The fact is obesity is
a health risk and is costing companies a lot of money. A lot of companies are
working hard to build a happier and healthier workforce. But the number of
options may be overwhelming. Fortunately, RTI International used a
scientific approach and developed a tool to assess the impact of obesity on
companies and evaluate options for employer programs. Meet the obesity cost
calculator using information from a company’s profile. The obesity cost
calculator will estimate the medical and absenteeism costs attributable to
obesity. And assess costs and benefits of various weight loss programs and
calculate the break even point. Here’s another alarming fact about obesity costs.
It’s estimated that the cost of obesity in the workplace is over seventy three
billion dollars per year. Ever wonder how many millions obesity is costing each
company? So, one last myth. Myth number three: companies can afford to keep
ignoring their health care costs. If you’re in the business of helping
companies find options to get healthier go to this website to learn more right away. RTI International: improving
the human condition by turning knowledge into practice.