Obesity and presenteeism: the impact of body mass index on workplace productivity.

Abstract:

OBJECTIVE:To examine whether obesity is associated with increased presenteeism (health-related limitations at work). METHODS:Randomly selected manufacturing employees (n = 341) were assessed via height and weight measures, demographic survey, wage data, and the Work Limitations Questionnaire. The Work Limitations Questionnaire measures productivity on four dimensions. Analyses of variance and analyses of covariance were computed to identify productivity differences based on body mass index (BMI). RESULTS:Moderately or extremely obese workers (BMI > or =35) experienced the greatest health-related work limitations, specifically regarding time needed to complete tasks and ability to perform physical job demands. These workers experienced a 4.2% health-related loss in productivity, 1.18% more than all other employees, which equates to an additional $506 annually in lost productivity per worker. CONCLUSIONS:The relationship between BMI and presenteeism is characterized by a threshold effect, where extremely or moderately obese workers are significantly less productive than mildly obese workers.

journal_name

J Occup Environ Med

authors

Gates DM,Succop P,Brehm BJ,Gillespie GL,Sommers BD

doi

10.1097/JOM.0b013e31815d8db2

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2008-01-01 00:00:00

pages

39-45

issue

1

eissn

1076-2752

issn

1536-5948

pii

00043764-200801000-00012

journal_volume

50

pub_type

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