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How Does Workplace Obesity Affect Your Organization?

Obesity is a prevalent and costly chronic condition that can impact the health of your employees and your organization. Novo Nordisk WORKS™ helps employers understand the value of chronic weight management in the workplace and provides resources that can help your organization improve, maintain, and monitor employee health and wellness. 

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Total health care costs are 73% higher for employees with obesity

versus employees of normal weight1*

*Costs include covered medical, short-term disability, workers’ compensation, and sick days. Figures from the 2014 referenced study were increased by 6.7% representing the growth in annual average Consumer Price Index (CPI) between 2011 (year of data analyzed in the referenced study) and 2016 (the last full year of available CPI data).


These fact sheets contain up-to-date state-by-state obesity prevalence and cost data. Find out more about your state.

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Get resources to help understand and manage obesity, improve employee health, and decrease health-related costs. 

Reference: 1. Van Nuys K., Globe F, Ng Mak-D et al. The association between employee obesity and employer costs: Evidence from a panel of U.S. employers. Am J Health Promot. 2014; 28(5):277-285. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.120905-QUAN-428.