Obesity-related work absences are ‘financial drain’ for states http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141113122242.htm

Obese workers miss more work days, and those absences carry high costs at the state and national level, according to a study. “Obesity-attributable absenteeism among American workers costs the nation an estimated $8.65 billion per year,” report the researchers, who analyzed nationally representative data to assess obesity-attributable workdays missed due to health, and the associated costs on the state level.