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The Obesity Epidemic Is Weighing Employers Down
Canadians are getting heavier at an alarming rate, raising serious concerns for employers relating to healthcare costs, workplace wellness and the long term stability of employee benefit plans.Obesity is a risk factor for a large number of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, musculoskeletal conditions, depression, sleep apnea, asthma, gastric reflux, sexual dysfunction and certain types of cancer. These chronic conditions require on-going treatment resulting in medication costs that are 77% higher than healthy-weight employees.