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Unhealthy U.S. Workers' Absenteeism Costs $153 Billion

Posted by Triona Cahalane on Thu, Oct 27, 2011

U.S. Workers' Absenteeism


Recent research in the US, has found that full-time workers who are overweight or obese and have other chronic health conditions miss an estimated 450 million additional days of work each year compared to healthy workers. This equates to costs of more than $153 billion in lost productivity annually.

This $153 billion in annual lost productivity costs is four times the cost found in the UK. The difference is down to the result of fewer unhealthy workers in the UK than US. About 14% of full-time U.S workers are of a normal weight and have no chronic illness, compared to 20% in the UK.

The findings are based on Gallup-Healthways data collected between January and October 2011. Gallup surveyed 109,875 full-time employees

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Topics: Absenteeism