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Fat employees are more expensive

http://www.wral.com/news/science/story/1286162/

>> The findings were based on eight years of data from 11,728 people employed by Duke and its health system. Researchers found that workers with higher body mass indexes, or BMIs, had higher rates of workers' compensation claims. <<

That's pretty obvious, but this study seems to confirm what everyone's common sense opinions have been.

One question will likely be: Are fat employees a protected class under HR rules?
Permalink xampl 
April 24th, 2007 10:50am
I don't think so.
Permalink son of parnas 
April 24th, 2007 10:52am
I say if they can fire smokers, fatties, you're next.

http://www.billingsgazette.com/newdex.php?display=rednews/2005/12/10/build/business/52-miracle-gro.inc
Permalink JoC 
April 24th, 2007 11:07am
Fat People are less agile than skinny people.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbOPChkT0Nw
Permalink Send private email Impractical Economist 
April 24th, 2007 1:31pm
If they qualify as disabled, I see a market for chubby finger keyboards.
Permalink strawberry beeswax 
April 24th, 2007 2:00pm
How DO really fat people use cell phone keyboards?
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
April 24th, 2007 2:01pm
You thought voice dialing was a 'convenience'....
Permalink JoC 
April 24th, 2007 2:08pm
Oh, didn't think of that.  I don't use my voice dial feature ever.  I shudder at using my cell for IM'ing.  I thought that is what a lot of these kids were doing--IM'ing each other. And looking at some of them on my bus commute, they would have trouble with the keyboard...mashing those tiny tiny buttons with their huge thumbs would be challenging.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
April 24th, 2007 2:25pm
-----"And looking at some of them on my bus commute, they would have trouble with the keyboard...mashing those tiny tiny buttons with their huge thumbs would be challenging."-----

Never wondered why texting was so much more popular in Asia than elsewhere?
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
April 24th, 2007 3:22pm
I did wonder why it never took off in the USA the same way it did here.
Permalink Colm 
April 24th, 2007 5:10pm
Lower voice/text pricing ratio. Why execs made this decision, dunno. There's something about the US being one market for voice. Are there surcharges for voice or for text to call between countries in the EU? Or just for voice?
Permalink strawberry beeswax 
April 24th, 2007 5:31pm
There are heavy surcharges for voice, and slight surcharges for text.

When I'm abroad I generally stick to texting.
Permalink Colm 
April 24th, 2007 6:16pm
>>Duke University researchers also found that the fattest workers had 13 times more lost workdays due to work-related injuries, and their medical claims for those injuries were seven times higher than their fit co-workers.

obviously, the morbidly obese are "tipping the scales" in their direction.  i doubt that the moderately fat claim a great deal more than average workers.

it would be interesting to see if highly active types who have a propensity to damage their bodies have a higher percentage of claims.  ie. someone who routinely runs a great deal may have worn down knee cartilage...
Permalink Kenny 
April 24th, 2007 7:39pm
Broken chairs cost money.
Permalink trollop 
April 24th, 2007 8:39pm
After probation period I was asked to have 1 year definite contract (contract with same benefits as permanent employee without the long-term benefit like car, house loan, share plan, etc) because I have to improve my health. I was successful to shed 15+ kilograms, reduce my cholesterol, bloodsugar, triglyceride, and SGPT/SGOT. After being accepted as permanent employee, and back to my usual lifestyle (especially eating) I gained back my weight and associated bad health-parameters back. Because of the standard of company, I'm categorized as healthy with moderate risk, and therefore to improve it the company has given me supplements (we have 100% medical benefits including all medicines). And of course if I'm sick later (hope not) due to obeseness, heart, liver the company provide full coverage.
So, in my case, fat employees are definitely more expensive.
Permalink Lele 
April 24th, 2007 10:25pm
Lele -
Where are you located?
Permalink xampl 
April 25th, 2007 9:19am
Xampl. Malaysia.
Permalink Lele 
April 25th, 2007 2:33pm
No way... you didn't put a la or lo after any of those sentences.
Permalink JoC 
April 25th, 2007 5:41pm

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