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PROBLEMS WITH OBESITY IN THE WORKPLACE
By: Deioveon Canton and Joseph Wright per 2
Noun: The condition of being very fat or overweight; corpulence.
His obesity puts him at risk for major health problems.
More than 1/3 of adult Americans (35%) are obese. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This mean that overweight employee can cost you almost $17.00 year in extra absences, healthcare expenses, and presenteeism ( showing up too ill to work effectively).
Question: Do problems with obesity cause issues in the workplace?
Answer: Yes they do. Weight related disease account for nearly 10% of medical spending… Everything from heart disease treatments to diabetes medication.
Obesity has increased dramatically among Baby Boomers --- the core employee group in many workplaces across the U.S. By a estimates almost 40% of Boomers are obese.
Obesity is a health concern in and out of the workplace. Obesity related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer some of the leading causes of death, according to the CDC.
Excess weight also contributes to a number of other debilitating health conditions, among them arthritis, asthma, and depression.
In the workplace this translate into higher health care expenses for employers (and employees), as well as excessive lost work time due to sick days, doctor visits, long term absences for disease treatment.
Problems with obesity doesn’t end there. Obese employees file more workers compensation claims.
The results shows 5.8 workers compensation claims among workers with normal weight versus 11.65 claims for sensitive or extreme obese workers.
Claim levels were $7,503 versus $51,019 on average, and lost workday rates were 14.19 (per 100 employees) versus 183.63
Question of Discrimination
There is a debate whether obesity qualifies in and of itself as a disability under the law, many obesity related conditions ( such as diabetes) may be considered disabilities protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
This mean obese workers have a higher burden for workplace accommodations in these situations.
Refusing to Hire
There growing support for laws that prohibit weight discrimination particularly for laws to specifically prohibit employers from refusing to hire, denying promotions, assigning lower wages, or terminating qualified obese employees based solely on their weight .
In 2010 Yale University found 65% of men and 81% of women support these types of laws.
Employers have other concerns over potential problems related to obesity in the workplace. They fear that obese employees may not be physically able to do the jobs for which they were hired or that obese employees may not project the type of image employers desire to portray to customers and the general public.
The Effects of Stress on Your Body
By. Deioveon canton
& Joseph Wright
Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or respond. The body reacts to these changes physical, mental, and emotional responses.
Stress is a normal part of life. Many events that happen to you and around you – and many things that you do you stress your body. You can experience stress from environment, your body, and your thoughts
How Does Stress Affect Health
The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert and react to danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation.
Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress – a negative stress reaction.
Distress can have physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Research suggest that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases
Stress can also become harmful when people use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs to try and relieve their stress.
43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
75% to 90% of all doctors office visits are stress- related ailments and complaints
Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure heart problems, diabetes, skin problems, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.
The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50% often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions.
Over the long term, people who react more to stress have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. The risk particularly is linked to people who tend to be excessively competitive, impatient, hostile, and move and talk quickly
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