Nightly News   |  October 17, 2011

86% of full-time workers have weight, health problems

A new study from Gallup finds a staggering number of Americans with full-time jobs are overweight or suffering from a chronic medical problem. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: New study from Gallup is just out tonight and the headline's pretty staggering. It says only one in seven American workers are normal weight without a chronic health issue. Told the other way, 86 percent of us have either weight or chronic health problems or both, which leads to an estimated 450 million missed work days per year at a cost of $150 billion in lost productivity to the US.