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Obesity is a major cost driver in workers’ compensation claims, as Kevin Glennon, RN, BSN, CDMS, CWC, QRP FL-W/C, well knows. As vice president of clinical services at Total Medical Solutions (TMS), a complex care products and services company specializing in workers’ compensation, he gives a presentation on the topic a couple of times a month.

In his talks, Glennon cites a Duke University study, “Obesity and Workers’ Compensation,” that found that obese employees experience more than twice the number of claims of recommended-weight workers. Additionally, workers’ compensation claims involving obese employees are 2.8 times more expensive than claims for employees of normal weight, according to statistics from the National Council on Compensation Insurance. As the claims age, the costs go up: At five-year maturity, “obese” claims are 5.3 times more expensive than “non-obese” claims.

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