Obesity Cost Calculator

Many organizations realize the need to assess the costs of obesity as it relates to their bottom line. Obesity is a growing trend affecting workers all over the world. Forward-thinking organizations are looking for ways to quantify the magnitude of this challenge and to assess the options and benefits of providing interventions and incentives to better manage the health of their employees.

Faced with the growing challenges of obesity's impact on health, researchers at RTI have conducted extensive analysis to understand the complex relationships between weight, obesity-related disease, medical expenditures, and work loss. Based on this research, RTI has developed a methodology that accurately estimates the costs associated with obesity. Using this methodology, RTI has created a computer-based Obesity Cost Calculator™ that quantifies the costs of obesity for an organization and helps evaluate potential interventions to reduce these costs.

Cost Calculator™ Features

The RTI Obesity Cost Calculator is designed to collect and evaluate data provided by human resources or benefits personnel, provide an estimate of the obesity-related costs to an organization, and compare the costs and benefits of user-defined interventions to reduce obesity. The system has the following key functionalities:

Obesity-Related Costs

  • Estimates based on the organization's demographic characteristics
  • Industry and state-level defaults for high-level estimates
  • Detailed estimates by severity of obesity
  • Immediate feedback of results
  • Detailed confirmation of assumptions and defaults
  • Printable summary reports

Comparisons of User-Defined Interventions

  • Targeted interventions for high-cost groups among the obese
  • Flexible designation of intervention effectiveness
    • Separate reductions in medical costs and work-loss days
    • Separate reductions in short- and long-term impact
  • Varying time horizons for interventions
  • Predicted savings for medical expenditures and for medical expenditures plus work-loss days
  • Number of years until interventions are cost-saving
  • Side-by-side comparison of interventions
  • Printable summary reports