Lifestyle diseases such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cancer and depression are costing the American economy $153 billion per year in lost productivity.
Based on data collected via the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, researchers concluded that chronic health conditions such as obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, cancer, diabetes, asthma, depression and recurring physical pain resulted in 449,847,652 days missed from work… and an estimated productivity loss of $153,398,049,221 per year.
And it gets worse.
- This calculation doesn’t include productivity lost when employees show up at work but are less productive because of their poor health.
- As well, the Gallup people didn’t speak with part-time workers.
Previous research which included these factors found that America’s chronic lifestyle diseases cost the nation up to $1.1 trillion per year.
And that’s a lot of money.
Maybe enough money for the government to start throwing some cash into health promotion programs?