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April/May 2008 (vol. 04/6)

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Obesity and presenteeism

US research finds that worker obesity is linked to lower productivity. A total of 341 blue- and white-collar employees in eight manufacturing companies completed anthropometric measurements and baseline surveys, including the Work Limitations Questionnaire. Participants were grouped into four categories according to body mass index. Moderately or extremely obese (BMI ³ 35) workers experienced the greatest health-related work limitations, specifically with regard to the time needed to complete tasks and their ability to perform physical job demands.

Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine 2008; 50(1): 39–45.

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2008 (vol. 04/6) pp40