TAKE a look around your office tomorrow and see if you can identify a condition that’s quietly costing employers billions of dollars a year.
Give up? Here’s a clue: waistlines.
Nearly two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the percentage of adults classified as obese doubled from 1980 to 2000 to 31 percent of the population. (To see how obesity has spread, take a look at some startling maps from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: on cdc.gov, search with “Obesity Trends 1985-2006.”)