A recent study published by the National Council of Compensation Insurance (NCCI) concludes that in workers compensation claims where the claimants have a co-morbidity code indicating obesity, medical costs are significantly higher than what is observed for comparable non-obese claimants.
The study also finds that obesity contributes in significant ways to the length of time during which claimants receive indemnity benefits. Indemnity duration was measured based on temporary and permanent disability benefit payments.
The statistical analysis shows claimants with a co-morbidity indicator pointing to obesity have an indemnity benefit duration that is more than five (5) to six (6) times the value of claimants who do not have this co-morbidity indicator but are otherwise comparable.
A PDF of the complete study can be found by following the link below: