Closing the Gap Obesity and Weight Management

Welcome to Closing the Gap

The purpose of this website is to provide employers a dedicated source for actionable information on obesity management. We post articles, reports, case studies and other materials to this site and make them available for download. We also post links to other sites where useful information is available.

This site is published by Eisai Inc. and produced by The Benfield Group in collaboration with Eisai, which provides input and sole financial support.

Employer Challenges and Tactics

Read Expert Guidance on

Obesity Management Solutions

 

View/download  a 14-page publication, Closing the Gap in Obesity Management Solutions, for:

  • An overview of obesity management challenges and opportunities

  • Recommendations from an advisory board of leading employer health benefit decision-makers

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Upcoming Events

 

Eisai is sponsoring a series of presentations on obesity management at events hosted by business health coalitions.

The speakers are highly-regarded benefits leaders and corporate medical directors for major employers.

Upcoming Events

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Information and Tools For Employers

Why Obesity Matters

This one-page infographic presents some compelling statistics that illustrate the staggering costs of obesity to the US economy and the costly disconnect between many physicians and their overweight/obese patients.

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Obesity Trends

Featured maps from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) illustrate the dramatic increase in adult obesity over 20 years.

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Obesity and Comorbidities

Obesity's negative impact on health is most evident in the diseases and health conditions that become much more prevalent as BMI increases. These comorbidities include several conditions that are of top concern to employers.

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Direct and Indirect Costs of Obesity to Employers

Costs for obese employees are significantly higher on average than they are for employees with a healthy weight. Studies show the cost differences can add up to thousands of dollars per year.

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Costs of Obesity to Your Organization

Employers can estimate their costs of obesity by using an interactive online tool from ACOEM.

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Results for Common Employer Tactics

Most employers are underwhelmed by the overall effectiveness of their obesity management strategies.

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Obesity Management: Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson has achieved exceptional results in managing obesity in their employee population. This case study describes the comprehensive obesity management strategy that has led to Johnson & Johnson's success.
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Behavioral Medical and Surgical Interventions

For employers to be successful at preventing and managing obesity, they need to deploy an effective array of programs and policies. The employer-supported interventions should:

  • Meet the support needs of employees all along the overweight/obesity spectrum
  • Align with evidence-based guidelines
  • Allow physicians to combine multiple, complementary therapies when appropriate

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Employer Sponsored Smoking Cessation Programs

There is a well-established set of best practices for employer-sponsored smoking cessation programs, with demonstrated success. Given the significant similarities with weight management, employers can look to apply lessons from these programs to their obesity management efforts.

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Benefit Designs to Improve Outcomes and Control Costs

Most employers agree it is important to make safe and effective weight management therapies available to employees. At the same time, many are concerned about the potential costs of these therapies. The key benefit design question for these employers is: "How can we optimize obesity management solutions while controlling the potential costs?“

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NBGH Guidance on Obesity Management

The National Business Group on Health’s toolkit for employers  recommends a comprehensive approach to obesity management.

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Developing Your Action Plan

The crucial action for any employer is to translate weight management information and tools into a set of strategies and tactics tailored to the circumstances of their organization.

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