Obesity in the Workplace: Impact, Outcomes, and Recommendations

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Abstract

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.

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