- Series Information
- The Epidemiology of Obesity
- The Demography of Obesity
- The Cliometrics of BMI and Obesity
- The Anthropology of Obesity
- The Psychology of Obesity
- The Sociology of Obesity
- The Economics of Obesity
- Behavioral Economics and Obesity
- Obesity Politics and Policy
- Fat Studies
- Publicly Available Data Useful for Social Science Research on Obesity
- The Complex Systems Science of Obesity
- Challenges for Causal Inference in Obesity Research
- Race, Ethnicity, and Obesity
- Socioeconomic Status and Obesity
- The Nutrition Transition and Obesity
- Peer Effects and Obesity
- Maternal Employment
- Depression and Obesity
- Food Marketing, Television, and Video Games
- Portion Size and the Obesity Epidemic
- Mindless Eating: Environmental Contributors to Obesity
- Food Assistance and Obesity
- Physical Activity and the Built Environment
- Food Deserts
- Food Prices, Income, and Body Weight
- Agricultural Policy and Childhood Obesity
- Obesity and Medical Costs
- Obesity and Mortality
- Schooling and Human Capital
- Labor Market Consequences: Employment, Wages, Disability, and Absenteeism
- Bias, Stigma, and Discrimination
- Medical and Social Scientific Debates over Body Weight
- The Imperative of Changing Public Policy to Address Obesity
- Economic Perspectives on Obesity Policy
- Lessons for Obesity Policy from the Tobacco Wars
- Food Taxes and Subsidies: Evidence and Policies for Obesity Prevention
- School-Based Interventions
- Workplace Obesity Prevention Programs
- Community Interventions
- Regulation of Food Advertising
- Unintended Consequences of Obesity Prevention Messages
- Behavioral Treatment of Obesity
- Anti-Obesity Drugs and Bariatric Surgery
- Correlates of Successful Maintenance of Weight Loss
- Cost- Effectiveness of Anti-Obesity Interventions
- Cited Authors Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter describes obesity-prevention programs in the workplace. Many employers have dropped health-insurance coverage for their workers. Employees' poor health imposes an extra cost burden on employers, who have a strong incentive for keeping their workers healthy and fit. Many more health-promotion interventions are possible in a closed system such as the workplace, where greater effect on behavior and the environment is possible. Leadership support becomes increasingly important as programs seek to modify the workplace environment and mobilize social influence factors. In general, the data indicate that within closed systems such as employer settings, where employers control program investments in health and tightly control intervention costs, workplace programs may not only be health beneficial, but also cost beneficial. Recommendations are offered to federal, state, and local policy makers as actions they can take to encourage increased adoption of evidence-based workplace health-promotion and obesity-management programs.
Ron Z. Goetzel is the Director of the Emory University Institute for Health and Productivity Studies in Washington, District of Columbia and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research for Thomson Reuters in Washington, District of Columbia.
Niranjana Kowlessar is a Researcher at Thomson Reuters, in Evanston, Illinois.
Enid Chung Roemer is an Assistant Research Professor at the Emory University Institute for Health and Productivity Studies in Washington, District of Columbia.
Xiaofei Pei is an Economist with Thomson Reuters in Washington, District of Columbia.
Maryam Tabrizi is a Researcher at Thomson Reuters in Washington, District of Columbia.
Rivka C. Liss-Levinson is a Research Project Coordinator in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Emory University in Washington, District of Columbia.
Daniel Samoly is an Assistant Program Coordinator at the Emory University Institute for Health and Productivity Studies in Washington, District of Columbia.
Jessica Waddell is a Senior Analyst with Thomson Reuters in Washington, District of Columbia.
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