Obesity has been more precisely defined by the National Institutes of Health (the NIH) as a BMI of 30 and above. (A BMI of 30 is about 30 pounds overweight.).1 Obesity affects more than 1 in 3 Americans. Obesity-related absenteeism and loss of productivity cost employers and businesses $972.2 billion.2 Obesity costs $427.8 billion in direct healthcare costs for the various medical procedures and treatments for the ailments and chronic diseases caused by long-term obesity.3 One study concluded that obesity was so costly, urgent public health measures needed to be taken to save societal resources.4 Obesity is preventable, treatable, and reversible. There are small steps you can do as a chamber and employer to improve the lives of those around you.