Obese health costs more than smokers

April 16, 2012 2:08:23 PM PDT
The healthcare costs of obese workers are even higher than smokers.

That's according to a new study that revealed the average yearly health costs were $1,275 more for smokers than non smokers and $1,850 more for obese people than those with normal weight.

Health care costs for the morbidly obese were up to $5,500 more a year than for normal people.

Employers are looking for ways to reduce health care costs such as quit smoking and fitness programs and this study showed that both obesity and smoking led to persistently higher costs.