1. For the first time, medical benefits are the most expensive benefits
paid by employers!
Excess Weight and Obesity
2. Costs Americans $122.9 billion annually
(Obesity in America.org)
3. 65% of Americans are overweight and 33% are obese. Obesity is classified
as a serious disease. (American Medical Association)
4. 33% of cancer deaths are related to improper nutrition. (American
5. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States, while
Diabetes is 6th and obesity contributes to both of them. (Network
News - Netscape Navigator)
6. Can cause sexual dysfunction, impotence, high blood pressure. (American
7. Can cause blindness, destruction of kidneys, amputation of limbs.
8. Food bill is about 18% higher than a person who is trim. (American
Smoking and Chewing Tobacco
9. Costs Americans $157 billion annually
(American Cancer Society)
10. Kills 1/2 million people every single year. More than cocaine,
heroin, alcohol, fire, auto
accidents, homicides, suicides and AIDS all combined.
11. 4,000 chemicals, 401 poisons and 43 known cancer-causing agents
in tobacco products. (American Cancer Society)
12. One drop of Nicotine will kill average size man in a few minutes.
(American Cancer Society)
13. Smoking contributes to 10% of all infant deaths, 25% of all low
abortions, birth defects, stillbirths, and premature deliveries.
14. Smokers who smoke one pack of cigarettes per day spend between
$150.00 to $250.00 per
month. (That’s $1,800 to $3,000 per year. The cost of a great
15. 24% of Americans smoke. The rate in industries such as transportation
is as high as 40%.
16. Costs $200 billion annually (International
Survey Research Group)
17. Up to 90% of all doctors visits are directly or indirectly caused
by chronic stress.
18. Causes 40% of all employee turnovers. (Bureau of National Affairs)
19. Stressed employees are 2-times more likely to be absent more than
5-times per year. (American Journal of Health Promotion)
20. “Job pressures” account for nearly 70% of all Workers’
Compensation Claims. (California Workers Compensation Institute)
21. Stressed employees are 30% more likely to have accidents. (Harvard
22. Stressed employees tend to alienate customers. A study of 100
companies found that a 5% reduction in customer defection translates
to 30% to 85% loss in corporate profitability. (Frederick Reichheld
& W. Earl Sasser, published in the Harvard Business Review)
Drugs & Alcohol
23. Drugs cost: $175 billion annually
(The President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy).
24. Alcohol cost: $100 billion annually (National Library of Medicine)
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