obesity News

Re/Insurers, Other Global Businesses Have Stake in New WHO Leader

The World Health Organization’s 194 member-states will vote for a new director-general next week, choosing a doctor to lead the planet’s top technical agency on all matters health. With a $4 billion annual budget, WHO’s influence extends to virtually all …

‘Globesity’ Reaches Pandemic Levels: Aetna International Report

Urgent action is required to limit the global fallout from rising obesity levels, according to a report published by health insurance provider Aetna International. Aetna International said it analyzed data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations, governments …

Poll Says Small Businesses Foster Sedentary Work Environment

Workplace wellness doesn’t seem to be all that high on the list for small businesses, where getting employees active and moving seems to be taking a back seat to other priorities. A poll designed to find out how much small …

Health and Wellness Consultant Peter Mangiola Helps Consumers Maximize Health Insurance Benefits

Health and Wellness Expert Peter Mangiola R.N. MSN Has Launched a New Jersey Consultancy Focused on Helping Consumers Gain Access to the Resources Necessary to Prevent and Treat Health Issues Medford, NJ, February 3, 2015: Peter Mangiola R.N. MSN has …

Fired Obese Employees Can Sue for Discrimination: EU Court of Justice

The European Union’s highest court extended discrimination laws to obesity, saying employees in limited situations may be able to sue over firings if their weight hinders or limits them at work. Workers who are so overweight that they can’t do …

Obesity Linked to Increased Fatigue in the Workplace

U.S. workplaces may need to consider innovative methods to prevent fatigue from developing in employees who are obese. Based on results from a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH), workers who are obese may have …

MGIS, Stevens & Lee Launch Malpractice Program for Bariatric Surgeons

The MGIS Companies and Stevens & Lee have launched Surgi-Protect, a malpractice insurance program designed specifically for bariatric surgeons and their specific practices. With more than 35 percent of Americans suffering from obesity, which was declared a disease by the …

Report: Obesity Moniker to Impact California Workers’ Comp

The recognition of obesity as a disease may have a significant impact on workers’ compensation claims in California, a group said in a report on Thursday. The group issued the report following a decision in June by the American Medical …

North Carolina May Shield Firms from Obesity Lawsuits

North Carolina companies that manufacture, advertise or distribute food could soon have additional legal protections from lawsuits by people claiming their products led to their obesity. The House voted 99-16 this week in favor of minor Senate changes to legislation …

States Ranked by Obesity Rates

In 2011, rates of adult obesity in the U.S. remained high, with state estimates ranging from 20.7 percent in Colorado to 34.9 percent in Mississippi, according to the Centers for Disease Control based on 2011 data. No state had a …