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Forbes Articles: Watching The Corporate Waistline
Kasia Moreno, 08.04.03, 12:00 PM ET
NEW YORK – U.S. companies lose $12 billion per year due to higher use of health care to treat obesity-related diseases, lower productivity and absenteeism, according to the Washington Business Group on Health, an organization representing large employers. Obesity outranks both smoking and drinking in terms of increased health costs.
No wonder then that in June, a slew of U.S. corporations–including Ford Motor (nyse: F – news – people ), General Mills (nyse: GIS – news – people ) and IBM (nyse: IBM – news – people )–formed the Institute on the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity to address the growing epidemic of obesity. The Institute plans a U.S.-wide weight-awareness campaign and a summit to share ideas to combat fat.
But despite their good intentions, U.S. corporations face an uphill battle in their efforts to slim down employees. “You can lead the horse to water, but you can’t make it drink” is how David Thompson, an economist at health researcher Innovus, sums up the main obstacle to the success of corporate weight-management programs.
Dr. Wayne Burton, Bank One’s medical director, explains that obese employees, unlike smokers, are not required to cover their health care costs because the company doesn’t want to be seen as discriminating against obese employees, or to create the impression that it considers obesity a purely behavioral issue.
But the effects of weight loss on health care costs are tough to measure, says Burton. That’s because obesity leads to so many different diseases–diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, mental disease–that it’s hard to separate out the reasons for the reduction in costs once the employee loses weight. Also, employees need to be followed long term to make sure they have kept off the weight.
Corporations vow to keep trying to combat obesity, but in the end there is only so much they can do. Says Edington, “People will lose weight when they are ready, not when you want them to.”
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