A new study has revealed two more reasons to encourage obese employees to join weight loss programs.
The reasons: Obesity can increase the risk of injury and tends to complicate recovery, according to a recently released study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
- Obesity increases the risk of falls because it negatively affects balance and posture
- Obese people are more likely to suffer from breathing-related sleep disorders like sleep apnea
- Odds of sustaining an injury can be as much as twice as high for obese workers compared to non-obese individuals
- Repetitive motions (kneeling, squatting and typing) compound injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and osteoarthritis
- Obesity increases the risk of heat-related illnesses, and
- The rate at which workers’ comp claims are filed is twice as high for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or greater compared to non-obese individuals.
This study shows that running a wellness program doesn’t just help reduce medical insurance premiums, it can also help reduce workers’ comp premiums and other costs associated with employee injuries (like lost productivity, etc.).