OBESITY AND INJURY
ANCHOR LEAD: THOSE MOST LIKELY TO BE INJURED ONTHE JOB ARE OVERWEIGHT AND OBESE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease. The list of problems associated more often with overweight or obesity reads like a who’s who of modern scourges. Now an increased risk of workplace injury can be added to that list, according to a study by Keshia Pollack, assistant professor of health policy and management at Johns Hopkins, and colleagues.
POLLACK: What we actually decided to do is that we have data from employees at a company and we looked to see what was the association between body mass index as a measure of obesity and injuries. We saw that there were a lot of obese employees and we know that this company has a high prevalence of injuries. We wanted to see if there was a correlation. And we found out that workers who were overweight and obese had a higher risk of injury. :19
Pollack says that while such an association may not be surprising it’s one more factor employers should consider for prevention efforts. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.