Welcome to Closing the Gap
The purpose of this website is to provide employers a dedicated source for actionable information on obesity management. We post articles, reports, case studies and other materials to this site and make them available for download. We 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, which provides input and sole financial support.
Employer Challenges and Tactics
Read Expert Guidance on
Obesity Management Solutions
View/download a 14-page publication, Closing the Gap in Obesity Management Solutions, for:
An overview of obesity management challenges and opportunities
Recommendations from an advisory board of leading employer health benefit decision-makers
Attend a Live Presentation
by a Leading Employer
Eisai is sponsoring a series of presentations on obesity management at events hosted by business health coalitions.
The speakers are highly-regarded benefits leaders and corporate medical directors for major employers.
This one-page infographic presents some compelling statistics that illustrate the staggering costs of obesity to the US economy and the costly disconnect between many physicians and their overweight/obese patients.
Featured maps from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) illustrate the dramatic increase in adult obesity over 20 years.
Obesity's negative impact on health is most evident in the diseases and health conditions that become much more prevalent as BMI increases. These comorbidities include several conditions that are of top concern to employers.
Costs for obese employees are significantly higher on average than they are for employees with a healthy weight. Studies show the cost differences can add up to thousands of dollars per year.
Employers can estimate their costs of obesity by using interactive online tools from the CDC or ACOEM.
Johnson & Johnson has achieved exceptional results in managing obesity in their employee population. This case study describes the comprehensive obesity management strategy that has led to Johnson & Johnson's success.
For employers to be successful at preventing and managing obesity, they need to deploy an effective array of programs and policies. The employer-supported interventions should:
- Meet the support needs of employees all along the overweight/obesity spectrum
- Align with evidence-based guidelines
- Allow physicians to combine multiple, complementary therapies when appropriate
There is a well-established set of best practices for employer-sponsored smoking cessation programs, with demonstrated success. Given the significant similarities with weight management, employers can look to apply lessons from these programs to their obesity management efforts.
Most employers agree it is important to make safe and effective weight management therapies available to employees. At the same time, many are concerned about the potential costs of these therapies. The key benefit design question for these employers is: "How can we optimize obesity management solutions while controlling the potential costs?“
The National Business Group on Health’s toolkit for employers recommends a comprehensive approach to obesity management.