Comparing Work Productivity in Obesity and Binge Eating

Int J Eat Disord. 2012 Dec;45(8):995-8. doi: 10.1002/eat.22069. Epub 2012 Oct 9.

Abstract

Objective: To examine productivity impairment in individuals with obesity and/or binge eating.

Method: Based on current weight and eating behavior, 117,272 employees who had completed a health risk appraisal and psychosocial functioning questionnaire were classified into one of four groups. Gender-stratified analyses compared groups on four measures: absenteeism, presenteeism, total work productivity impairment, and (non-work) activity impairment.

Results: Overall group differences were statistically significant for all measures with lowest impairment in non-obese men and women without binge eating (n = 34,090, n = 39,198), higher levels in individuals without binge eating (n = 15,570, n = 16,625), yet higher levels in non-obese men and women with binge eating (n = 1,381, n = 2,674), and highest levels in obese men and women with binge eating (Group 4, n = 2,739, n = 4,176).

Discussion: Health initiatives for obese employees should include screening and interventions for employees with binge eating.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism
  • Activities of Daily Living / classification
  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology
  • Adult
  • Binge-Eating Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Binge-Eating Disorder / economics
  • Binge-Eating Disorder / physiopathology*
  • Comorbidity
  • Cost of Illness
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / economics
  • Depressive Disorder / physiopathology
  • Disability Evaluation*
  • Efficiency / physiology*
  • Female
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / diagnosis*
  • Obesity / economics
  • Obesity / physiopathology*
  • Sex Factors
  • Social Adjustment
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • Young Adult