The facts are:
* In a study of 370,000 employees, Goetzel et al (2004) found that “presenteeism” losses accounted for the majority of per person annual total costs for 9 out of the top 10 most expensive health conditions, with only heart disease having the majority of total costs attributed to medical claims.
* When analyzing the difference between employees with normal BMI with those considered simply “overweight,” the workers’ compensation costs still almost double, moving from $7,500 to $13,300. It must be noted that this “overweight” category (excluding all obese levels), represent well over 30% of the entire population, comprising an immense cost to employers.
* According to the Wall Street Journal, health care costs per capita are inflating at an unsustainable annual rate of 8-14%.
* According to the National Health Care Statistics, the typical American diet is responsible for most of the preventable diseases, including 91% of diabetes, 82% of heart disease, and 71% of colon cancer.
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