Print Email Facebook Twitter Overweight and obesity as predictors of absenteeism in the working population of the Netherlands Title Overweight and obesity as predictors of absenteeism in the working population of the Netherlands Author Jans, M.P. van den Heuvel, S.G. Hildebrandt, V.H. Bongers, P.M. TNO Kwaliteit van Leven Publication year 2007 Abstract OBJECTIVE: To determine the relation between body mass index (BMI) and absenteeism. METHODS: Data were collected in a prospective cohort study (n = 1284). Multilevel analyses (linear mixed model with random intercept) with two levels (employee and company) were used to test whether BMI was related to duration and frequency of absenteeism and whether this relation was influenced by sports participation. RESULTS: Obese employees were absent 14 days a year more than normal-weight employees. Also the frequency of absenteeism of more than 7 days was significantly higher. The differences in absenteeism between obese and normal-weight employees were larger for employees who did not practice sport regularly. CONCLUSIONS: Obese employees are more often absent and are absent longer, especially when they do not practice sport regularly. An active company policy to prevent obesity is needed, both from a health and a business efficiency perspective. ©2007The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Subject HealthLeefomgeving en gezondheidBody massBody weightControlled studyEmployeeFemaleMajor clinical studyMaleAbsenteeismAdolescentAdultBody Mass IndexCohort StudiesData CollectionHumansMiddle AgedNetherlandsObesityOverweightProspective StudiesSportsTime FactorsWorkplaceLichaamsgewichtAbsenteismeArbeidsverzuimGeoorloofd verzuimSportArbobeleid bedrijvenPersoneelsbeleidSociaal ondernemingsbeleid To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:bad9943b-56f0-4fe6-a675-a4e163abcc53 DOI https://doi.org/10.1097/jom.0b013e31814b2eb7 TNO identifier 240174 ISSN 1076-2752 Source Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 49 (9), 975-980 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.