Study: More people show interest in weight loss


CHICAGO — The number of working people concerned about their weight is on the rise, according to a new study.

Results of a poll released Tuesday by ComPsych, a company that calls itself the world's largest provider of employee assistance programs, indicated that 43% of employees cited weight loss as their primary health concern, a number that was 10% higher than in 2011.

"As individuals continue to grapple with weight problems, it's no shock that weight management is again the top issue this year," ComPsych chairman and CEO Richard Chaifetz said. "With the impact that obesity and weight issues have on corporate healthcare costs, more and more employers are providing comprehensive wellness programs."

An additional 20% cited exercise as their primary health concern; 18% said stress; 10% said diet improvement; 5% said quitting smoking; and 1% cited other issues.

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