Posted on April 19th, 2013 by Kelley Luckstein
A recent Mayo Clinic study found obesity is outweighing smoking in employer health care costs. "I think this study is really going to surprise a lot of people that it really is truly obesity that's raising the health care cost today," says Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietitian Diane Dressel. A seven year study by mayo clinic tracked the health care costs for 30,000 current and retired employees. They found health care costs went up $1,400 more for obese employees compared to their non-obese colleagues. Obese employees even cost $600 more than smokers.
Additional coverage of this study: RedOrbit
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