Obesity in the workplace: Impact, outcomes, and recommendations

Charles M. Yarborough, Stacy Brethauer, Wayne N. Burton, Raymond J. Fabius, Pamela Hymel, Shanu Kothari, Robert F. Kushner, John Magaña Morton, Kathryn Mueller, Nicolaas P. Pronk, Mitchell S. Roslin, David B. Sarwer, Brian Svazas, Jeffrey S. Harris, Garrett I. Ash, Jamie T. Stark, Marianne Dreger*, Julie Ording

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objective: To conduct a comprehensive literature review to develop recommendations for managing obesity among workers to improve health outcomes and to explore the impact of obesity on health costs to determine whether a case can be made for surgical interventions and insurance coverage. Methods: We searched PubMed from 2011 to 2016, and CINAHL, Scopus, and Cochrane Registry of Clinical Trials for interventions addressing obesity in the workplace. Results: A total of 1419 articles were screened, resulting in 275 articles being included. Several areas were identified that require more research and investigation. Conclusions: Our findings support the use of both lifestyle modification and bariatric surgery to assist appropriate patients in losing weight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-107
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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