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Missing Work for Obesity Costs $8 Billion

Obesity's effects aren't cheap as new research finds that obesity-attributable absenteeism for U.S. adults can cost as much as $8.65 billion per year. That figure is more than 9 percent of all absenteeism costs. The study, published in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, is the first to provide estimates for how much obesity is costing each state when workers have to call in sick. For example, obesity-attributable absenteeism in California costs $907 million. The study was completed by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

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