obese-women-employees.jpg According to a research conducted by Duke University, obese employees are more of a liability to employers. They are more likely to go on medical leave and more prone to injuries in the workplace. Comparatively, their leaner counterparts are more active and hardly ever require leave on medical grounds. This finding has led to hopes that employers will now introduce programs in their organizations to help obese people lose weight. However, some fear that this finding will lead to discrimination among workers on grounds of body weight. The findings of the study, which was funded by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, were published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

Study Findings
a. Obese workers were 13 times more liable to go on medical leave.
b. They are more prone to work-related injuries.
c. Their medical claims are almost 7 times higher than colleagues.
d. Most of their medical claims are related to back, wrist, arm, neck, shoulder, hip, knee and foot injuries.