Everyone is aware that being obese is not a healthy way to live. It has a negative influence on everything from one’s ability to engage in physical activities, to one’s emotional state of mind.
Now, findings from a recent study, conducted by the Department of Health Policy at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Policy, reveal that there are many monetary costs associated with being obese.
First, there are the medical costs. Obese individuals tend to have more health problems. These issues often require frequent trips to the doctor’s office, the need to take expensive medications and even hospital stays and surgery.
Next, there are lost wages. When a person is ill, they cannot perform their job to the best of their ability, especially if they must call in sick.
The result is often a reduced paycheck or even termination. With jobs that involve a lot of physical activity, obese men and women are at a higher risk of injury. Therefore, companies may be hesitant to even hire an overweight person in the first place.
The findings reveal that being obese costs men $2646 a year and women $4879. That is a staggering amount of money that could be saved, invested or spent in a number of different ways.
Overweight individuals should do everything they can to get their weight back on track. Not only will eating right and exercising regularly reduce their expenses, but they will also look better, feel better and be much healthier.