Welcome to the Closing the Gap website.

The purpose of this website is to provide employers a dedicated source for actionable information on obesity management. We will post articles, presentations, case studies and other materials to this site and make them available for download. We will 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. The newsletter has a non-pharmacological focus. Eisai has control over the content.


Fifth Issue of Closing the Gap eNewsletter:

Strengthening Obesity Management While Controlling Costs: Implementing Effective Benefit Design for Medical Therapies

Closing the Gap – News on Obesity Management #5: The fifth issue of the newsletter is now available. This issue provides guidance to employers on ways to use evidence-based benefit design to provide appropriate, cost-effective support to their overweight and obese employees.

Evidence-Based Guidelines for Weight Management Therapies

A number of medical societies and healthcare quality organizations have developed Evidence-Based Guidelines for the care of overweight and obese patients. Employers may want to review these guidelines to ensure that their obesity management strategies and benefit designs are aligned with evidence-based standards of care.

The Links page of this website provides links to a set of these guidelines

Third Issue of Closing the Gap eNewsletter: The Employer Experience in Smoking Cessation: Lessons for Obesity Management

Closing the Gap – News on Obesity Management #3 The third issue of the newsletter has just been published. This issue begins a two part series that describes how employers can look to lessoned learned from smoking cessation strategies for guidance in formulating their approach to obesity prevention and management.

Website Launch

Dear Readers,

We are pleased to launch the Closing the Gap website today with the following resources for employers:

  • Closing the Gap in Obesity Management Solutions—a publication with recommendations from leading employers
  • Current and archived issues of the Closing the Gap eNewsletter
  • Access to employer specialists at Eisai Inc.
  • Links to other websites with useful information and tools for obesity management

 We hope you will check out the pages and postings on this site—and find resources that are helpful to you.

Expert Guidance on Obesity Management for Employers

 Click here to register and download  a 14-page publication called Closing the Gap in Obesity Management Solutions: Integrating New Prescription Medications into Employer Strategies to Help Reduce Obesity in their Employee and Dependent Populations.  The publication….

  • Provides an overview of obesity management challenges and opportunities, and
  • Presents recommendations from an advisory board of leading employer health benefit decision-makers on approaches to update your strategy.

What is Obesity Costing Your Company/Organization? ACOEM’s “Blueprint for Health” Tool Provides Some Helpful Answers

How much is obesity costing your organization? Unless you have an integrated database, you may have only limited insight into the full extent of the costs. Fortunately, there is an easy and robust tool that can help employers estimate the costs to their organizations of obesity and other chronic health conditions.

 Blueprint for Health™ is a free, interactive online tool available through the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Thanks to ACOEM, any employer can visit blueprint.acoem.org and use this tool to obtain an estimate for your own organization based on readily available data. You simply enter some key statistics for your employee demographic and health plan design. Blueprint for Health provides estimates of your organization’s direct and indirect costs associated with the conditions you select.

Second Issue of Closing the Gap eNewsletter

Closing the Gap – News on Obesity Management #2  Welcome to the second edition of the ‘Closing the Gap’ newsletter. Benfield publishes this newsletter in collaboration with Eisai Inc., which also provides sole financial support. The intent of this newsletter is to provide information for employers that stimulates thinking and encourages action on obesity management. We encourage feedback and invite you to share this newsletter with employer colleagues that might benefit from this resource.