To describe the pattern of sick-leave and disability pension in an obese sample and to estimate the incremental, indirect cost due to sick-leave and early retirement for the obese fraction of the Swedish female population.
A retrospective study of sick-leave and disability pension in health examined obese subjects was performed.
The indirect cost of obesity in Sweden was estimated from reported and recorded sick-leave and disability pension in the sample and from the estimated prevalence of obesity in the country.
1298 obese persons aged 30-59 y. The mean age was 46 years.
The mean body mass index was 39 kg/m2 (range 28-68).
The obese subjects were recruited from eight counties in Sweden.
As compared to the general Swedish population the obese subjects had 1.5-1.9 times higher sick-leave during one year.
Twelve percent of the obese women had disability pension while the corresponding figure in the general population was 5%. The incremental cost of sick-leave and disability pensions attributable to obesity was 3.6 billion SEK during one year, which is equivalent to about 300 million USD per million female adult population.
The total cost for sick-leave and disability pension due to absence from work for the obese fraction of the Swedish female population was 10.5 billion SEK during one year.
Obesity represents a major health problem with significant economic implications for the society. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Obésité, Homme, Femelle, Suède, Europe, Coût, Epidémiologie, Etat nutritionnel, Trouble nutrition, Arrêt maladie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Obesity, Human, Female, Sweden, Europe, Costs, Epidemiology, Nutritional status, Nutrition disorder
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0500071
Code Inist : 002B22B. Création : 10/04/1997.