Just 14 Percent Of Workforce Is Of Normal Weight, Without Chronic Conditions

“Just 1 in 7 U.S. workers is of normal weight without a chronic health problem, according to Gallup polling data, and it could be costing the economy more than $153 billion a year in lost productivity from increased sick days,” the Wall Street Journal notes. According to Gallup, “two-thirds of the work force is either overweight or obese and nearly half are both overweight and have at least one chronic health problem.” The results are quite startling, and with employers increasingly dropping coverage, they make a rather compelling case for maintaining the Affordable Care Act: