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Nearly one-third of workers obese

Fat causes problems. Tell me about it. I am about 100 lbs overweight and have been for 30 years. I am 6'1" and hover around 290 lbs. most of the time. Blood pressure, even with medication is 160/100 or 140/90 which is not that good. My doctor told me, if I lost 20 lbs. my blood pressure would go down noticably.

I have lost 50 lbs. about 6 years ago and gained it all back. Then I lost 25 lbs. about 2 years ago and I have gained it all back, and now I am going to start again and this time keep it off. I will report periodically on this blog how I am doing. This morning I weighed in at 288 and I am going to put myself on 1500 calories per day which I have done in the past and I know I will loose weight. I have to see my doctor again in the middle of January. Do you think I can be at 275 by then? Stay tuned.

A study by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer found the percentage of U.S. workers considered obese grew from 20 percent to 29 percent over the past decade.

The study, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, said obesity causes serious problems for healthcare in the workplace -- having the same effect as 20 years of aging for a typical worker.

Fat workers had increased risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and a collection of health risks including stroke and heart disease.

"This study demonstrates unequivocally what happens when workers gain girth, both in terms of their ability to work and the impact on their own health," said Robin Hertz, senior director of population studies at Pfizer. "The damage caused by obesity is clear -- employers face growing costs for insurance premiums, as well as lost productivity, and employees face serious work and health concerns."

The study looked at health data on workers age 20 and older between 1988 and 2000.

Link: MedlinePlus: Nearly one-third of workers obese.


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