Obesity Costs

CHICAGO (AP) -- Overweight employees cost their bosses more in injury claims than their more fit colleagues, according to a new study.

The report appears in today's Archives in Internal Medicine. It says the heaviest workers had twice as many workers' compensation claims as lean employees.

Researchers also found that the most overweight workers had 13 times more lost workdays due to work-related injuries.

Obesity experts hope the study will persuade employers to invest in programs that fight obesity. But one expert says there isn't enough information to show what kind of program would be most effective. And an employment attorney cautions bosses to be careful not to treat obese employees differently.

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