Obesity Management Workers Injury

Obesity is on the rise in the United States. An estimated 37% of Americans are now obese and this number is expected climb to 50% by 2030, according to the National Heart Forum.

Although obesity is generally classified by a person’s body mass index (BMI), obese individuals are roughly 30 pounds or more above a healthy weight, and this can have dire health consequences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that obesity increases an individual’s risk for diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart disease, stroke and various types of cancer.

Recently, additional issues have come to light to further complicate this complex medical challenge. Workers comp professionals must be aware of these factors and begin to formulate proactive strategies to deal with them.