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Employers and employees agree that the workplace is an appropriate setting for responding to weight management issues, according to recent research by the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent Obesity Alliance, a consortium directed by The George Washington University’s Department of Health Policy in Washington, D.C., and the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
Benefits managers at 505 public and private employers and 1,352 employees were polled for a 2009 study published by Health Affairs.
Among the findings:
Less than half of employers said their companies have given enough attention to the problem of obesity, notes Jon Gabel, a senior fellow at the National Opinion Research Center.
“Facing rising health care costs, employers are willing to address obesity head-on in the workplace,” he says. Executives seem to be saying, “Obesity is my company’s problem. And I need to do something about it.”
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