Absenteeism among obese individuals decreased because of their participation in a structured weight loss program, according to a study presented at the Endocrine Society’s meeting last month in Florida.
Initially,employers and fellow employees expressed concern that joining the programs would keep those who joined out of work and reduce their productivity.
As it turned out, however, “participation in our program was highly valued and had a positive impact at work,” said Jennifer Iyengar, M.D. lead author of the study from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The study followed 92 participants who had completed six months of the University of Michigan’s Weight Management Program and were full-time employees in different fields.
At the end of the program, the participants had, on average, lost 41 pounds and reported a mean of 6.4 hours more working time. Before they joined, they had worked, on average, 5.2 hours less than what was expected of them.
Read the full press release and view an abstract of the study.