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  • Study: Obesity costs employers

    first_imgThe 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. The most obese workers – those with BMIs of 40 or higher – had the highest rates of claims and lost workdays. BMI is a measure of height and weight. A 6-foot, 300-pound person, for example, has a BMI of just over 40. Study co-author Dr. Truls Ostbye said the findings should encourage employers to sponsor fitness programs. “There are many promising programs,” Ostbye said. “We’d like to see more research about what is truly effective.” But there isn’t enough good information about employer-sponsored programs that work, said John Cawley, an expert in the economics of obesity at Cornell University. CHICAGO – Overweight workers cost their bosses more in injury claims than their lean colleagues, suggests a study that found the heaviest employees had twice the rate of workers’ compensation claims as their fit co-workers. Obesity experts said they hope the study will convince employers to invest in programs to help fight obesity. One employment attorney warned companies that treating fat workers differently could lead to discrimination complaints. Duke University researchers also found that the fattest workers had 13 times more lost workdays due to work-related injuries, and their medical claims were seven times higher than those of their fit co-workers. Overweight workers were more likely to have claims involving injuries to the back, wrist, arm, neck, shoulder, hip, knee and foot than other employees. Employers don’t know whether paying for nutrition counseling, obesity surgery or anti-obesity drugs through health insurance makes economic sense, he said. New York employment attorney Richard Corenthal cautioned employers not to overreact with discriminatory policies. “Employers need to be careful not to view this study as a green light to treat obese or overweight workers differently,” Corenthal said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • Spurs star Kane out until March with ankle injury

    first_imgIt is the third successive season the England captain has missed games due to an ankle injury.“Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that Harry Kane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle, sustained during Sunday’s match against Manchester United,” a statement on Tottenham’s website said on Tuesday.“The striker will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as he commences rehabilitation and is expected to return to training in early March.”Kane was injured after being caught between United defenders Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof while trying to set up a last-minute chance for Tottenham.He received treatment after the full-time whistle before walking off the pitch clearly in severe discomfort.Vowing to return as fast as possible, Kane wrote on his Twitter account: “Injuries are part of the game but no one will be working harder to get back fit. Thanks for the messages.”Kane’s absence is a major blow for Tottenham as they chase the first trophy of manager Mauricio Pochettino’s five-year reign.The 25-year-old is Tottenham’s top scorer this season with 20 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions.He had scored seven times in his last seven matches to keep third-placed Tottenham in with an outside chance in the Premier League title hunt, the north Londoners sitting nine points behind leaders Liverpool.Kane, who won the Golden Boot as the World Cup’s leading marksman last year, also scored the penalty winner against Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final first leg.Now he will miss the second leg at Chelsea next week, as well as the FA Cup fourth-round trip to Crystal Palace and at least six crucial league games.The first leg of Tottenham’s Champions League last-16 tie at home to Borussia Dortmund will also come too soon for Kane.He faces a race to be fit for the north London derby against Arsenal on March 2 and the second leg at Dortmund three days later.England boss Gareth Southgate will hope Kane is back in contention for England’s opening Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic on March 22.More immediately, with South Korea forward Son Heung-min away on international duty and Brazil winger Lucas Moura also injured, Pochettino is left with Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen as his only fit senior forwards.Speaking before tests confirmed Kane’s ligament damage, Pochettino had already admitted he was “worried” about the situation.Midfielder Moussa Sissoko was also injured against United to further deplete Pochettino’s options.Janssen has endured a wretched time with Tottenham, while Llorente has hardly played either, although he did score a hat-trick in the recent FA Cup third-round win at fourth-tier Tranmere.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harry Kane will be out until March with ankle ligament damage © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 15 – Tottenham striker Harry Kane will be sidelined until March after suffering ankle ligament damage in Sunday’s defeat against Manchester United.Kane sustained the injury to his left ankle in the closing moments of the 1-0 loss at Wembley and scans have now confirmed the extent of the problem.last_img read more