A lifestyle-based weight management program delivered to employees: examination of health and economic outcomes

J Occup Environ Med. 2007 Nov;49(11):1212-7. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318159489d.


Objective: To examine the health and economic outcomes associated with a comprehensive weight management program delivered to employees.

Methods: Data collected on 516 individuals participating in a lifestyle-based weight management program delivered to employees from three corporations were analyzed at baseline and intervention-end (26 or 52 weeks). One-year post-intervention data for two subgroups were examined for pharmaceutical use (n = 61) and health outcomes (n = 46).

Results: Average body weight decreased 5.4% (P < 0.001) and average waist circumference decreased 7.2% (P < 0.001). Average blood pressure, Beck Depression Inventory scores, and Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale scores improved (P < 0.001). At 1-year post-intervention, weight loss was maintained in a subgroup of 46 individuals. The average number of prescription drugs taken per participant decreased 44% in a subgroup of 61 individuals.

Conclusions: An employer-sponsored, comprehensive weight management program may decrease weight, improve obesity-related outcomes, improve depressive symptoms, and decrease costs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Style*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / physiopathology
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Occupational Health Services*
  • Weight Loss