BMI linked to work absenteeism, NHS expands obesity and type 2 diabetes programme

A recent study presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Venice sheds light on the detrimental effects of obesity on workplace absenteeism and economic
productivity.

The analysis, encompassing data from millions of workers across Europe, reveals a direct correlation between body mass index (BMI) and the likelihood of taking sick
leave.

According to the study, obese individuals are up to twice as likely to take time off work due to health issues compared to those of a healthy weight.

The increased sick notes among obese individuals is attributed to various complications associated with obesity, including joint pain, diabetes, depression, and
heart disease.

In the United Kingdom, where obesity rates are among the highest in Europe, the impact of obesity on workplace absenteeism is particularly pronounced.