A cost of $4,879 per year to be Obese??Weight Loss Cost Savings« click for printable PDF version

The bottom line is this - the yearly cost of being obese is $4,879 for a woman and $2,646 for a man.

That's money out of your wallet, all because of obesity.

You're probably thinking that these costs don't apply to you because you're not that obese...

The truth is that if you have a BMI of 30 or more, then these are the real costs of being obese, as determined by researchers at George Washington University.

Just in case you don't know what your BMI is, it will be 30+ if your weight is more than that listed below for your height:

    5' - - - 153 lbs

    5'3" - - 169 lbs

    5'6" - - 186 lbs

    5'9" - - 203 lbs

    6' - - - 221 lbs

    6'3" - - 240 lbs

How did the researchers come up with the annual costs of being obese, and what does that mean?

In order to come up with an annual cost of obesity on an individual basis, the researchers considered all of the following:

    - Medical Costs

    - Salary Impact

    - Missed Work

    - Productivity at Work

    - Higher Car Costs

    - Insurance Costs

While increased medical costs is the obvious single biggest cost of obesity, the others also add up even though they may not be quite so apparent.

For instance, statistics show that obese women earn almost 6% less than their counterparts, all other things being equal.

Also, statistics show up to 5 extra days missed from work each year due to obesity, further reducing take-home pay and job productivity.

Most interesting was the researchers analysis of car costs, where the data show that nationwide we are using almost 1 billion more gallons of gas each year due to average-passenger weight increases since 1960. On top of that there are the extra costs related to obesity for increased car use on short trips and higher maintenance due to increased vehicle loading.

All of these items add up to a hefty cost - almost $5000 per year for women and just over half that much for men.

It's nice that the researchers can quantify these costs for us, but really aren't they telling us something we already know?

We also know that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, and that childhood obesity has tripled in the past three decades.

This means that as a nation, we face an economic crisis of huge proportions. We will face a grim future of diabetes, heart disease and other weight-related ailments, over and above the massive problems we already have related to our national debt.

As individuals, we may not be able to do much about the national debt, but we sure can control our waistlines.

Reflect back to your latest new year's resolution - and remember that YOU CAN make good on that commitment to lose weight - and save money too!

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Your naturally-thin (and less expensive!) self is still there, but it's just waiting for you to change.

   - - Yours in health,   The Doctors of WeightWorks

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