The rising rate of obesity – called the world’s number one health threat by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – has set off an alarm by physicians and public health experts and the statistics tell an alarming story, two-thirds of all adults in America are overweight, and worse, more than one third, or 72 million people, are deemed obese. Just a few years ago, less than one-quarter of all adults were considered obese.1, 2, 3
Obese employees are sicker, miss more days from work, are more prone to injury, illness and accidents, and incur significantly higher medical costs than employees who are of average weight. Medical expenditures for obese people, under the age of 65, are 36 percent higher than for normal weight people. Short term disability claims attributed to obesity have shown a tenfold increase in the decade from 1994-2004, and obese workers had the highest medical claims. Compared to normal weight employees, obese employees are more than twice as likely to file a workers compensation claim, and obese employees also have seven times higher medical costs from those claims and lost 13 times more days from work, from a work injury, than did non obese employees. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
The Unique medical weight loss Corporate Wellness program is a physician directed, holistic and on site approach to aid employees and executives in regaining and maintaining health, with an ultimate goal of preventing, improving or even reversing the following obesity related diseases:
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Metabolic Syndrome (also called Syndrome X and Insulin Resistance Syndrome) is a relatively new diagnosis, and is made if someone has 3 of 5 of the following: A waistline of 40 inches or more for men and 35 inches of more for women, blood pressure of 130/85 mm Hg or higher or taking blood pressure medication, triglycerides of 150 mg / dl or greater, a fasting blood glucose (sugar) level greater than 100 mg / dl or are taking glucose lowering medications, and a high density lipoprotien level (HDL) less than 40 mg / dl in men or under 50 mg / dl in women. Employees with Metabolic Syndrome are substantially more prone to major and chronic health conditions and Metabolic Syndrome can be prevented and even reversed with weight loss.
Each of these conditions has a financial burden not only on the employee with the condition, but the employer and the group ratings and costs. Conversely, minimizing and even removing these conditions can dramatically reduce health insurance premium costs. Intervention is welcomed by employees, and employees of all weights have expressed a willingness to receive employer-based weight loss programs. Sixty six percent of employees in a George Washington University study responded that they would participate in employer based weight management and wellness programs. 9, 10
We are eager to serve your company to help evaluate how we can help prevent, improve and even reverse obesity related diseases, with proven holistic weight loss and wellness strategies.
1 The Endocrine Society and The Hormone Foundation. The Endocrine Society Weighs In: A Handbook on Obesity in America. May 2004. 2 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Preventing Obesity and Chronic Diseases Through Good Nutrition and Physical Activity.” 15 Sep. 2008. http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/publications/factsheets/prevention/obesity.htm. 3 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity Among Adults: United States, 2003 – 2004.” 9 Sep. 2008. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/overweight/overwght_adult_03.htm. 4 Id. 5 “Obesity and Disability.” RAND Health. 2007. http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9043-1/index1.html. 6 Hellmich, Nanci. “Financial Incentives Can Encourage Weight Loss, Research Finds.” USA Today 11 Sep. 2007. 7 “UnumProvident Report Shows Tenfold Increase in Obesity-Related Disability Claims,” Unum. Press Release: 17 Feb. 2004. 8 Ostbye, Truls M.D., Ph.D., et. al. “Obesity and Workers’ Compensation: Results From the Duke Health and Saftey Surveilance System,” Archives of Internal Medicine 167.8 (23 Apr. 2007): 766-773. 9 Strategies To Overcome & Prevent Obesity (STOP) Alliance. “Costs Driving Employer Action Against Obesity.” January 2008. Survey by National Opinion Research Center at the U. of Chicago and George Washington U. School of Public Health and Health Services. http://www.stopobesityalliance.org/insights.htm. 10 Nationwide Better HealthTM . “As Obesity Rates Continue to Rise, Is the Workplace a Source of or Solution to Unhealthy Lifestyle Habits?” 17 Sep. 2007.
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