The National Center for Health Statistics reports that the prevalence of obesity in adult Americans is 32.2%, while the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry reports between 16-33% of children and adolescents are obese. But the obesity epidemic not only affects adults who lead sedentary office lives or kids in LMS or classroom learning systems. Organizations may suffer from the effects of the health problem.
A healthy staff means a more productive, collaborative and creative staff. Additionally, encouraging healthy lifestyles and exercise in training programs and other company learning systems can save organizations thousands of dollars annually.
A study in the journal Health Affairs noted that: “Per person healthcare spending for obese adults is 56 percent higher than for normal-weight adults. Over 15 years, the additional costs incurred by obese adults with private health insurance versus normal-weight adults increased from $272 to $1,244 per person per year.”
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