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New findings from benefits consulting firm Lockton show even though companies can reduce overall risk and cost of employee health benefit plans through wellness initiatives, these programs may not be enough to combat obesity.

“The impact of being overweight or obese carries forward into the workplace in terms of productivity, fitness to work, and the impact of illnesses related to weight,” says Ian Chuang, M.D., senior vice president and medical director for Lockton Benefit Group, and author of the report, The Obesity Crisis and Its Health Risk Management Options.

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