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Overweight man's belly Obesity, which has a direct correlation with other chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer, also takes an economic toll on employers.

Obesity takes a significant toll in the workplace, not only on employee health but also on productivity and absenteeism.

“Overweight and obesity, which require a comprehensive approach, are top health concerns for employers around the world,” said Ellen Kelsay, president and CEO of Business Group on Health. “Employers play a major part in offering quality health care, understanding obesity’s inextricable link to mental health, lessening the stigma surrounding it and addressing some of the social determinants of health.”

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