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  • Obesity Costs over $3,000 Per year

    Dec 15

    The individual cost of being obese is $4,879 and $2,646 for women and men respectively, and adding the value of lost life to these annual costs produces even more dramatic results: $8,365 and $6,518 annually for women and men, respectively. The analysis demonstrates costs are nine times higher for women and six times higher for men who are obese, which is defined as an individual with a Body Mass Index (BMI) more than 30, than for an overweight person, which is defined as someone with a BMI between 25-29.  The findings also reveal a significant difference between the impact of obesity on men and women when it comes to job-related costs, including lost wages, absenteeism and disability. The cost figures are based on increased medical costs for obesity and its related conditions like high blood pressure, and diabetes. It also includes the increased healthcare premiums based on BMI, fuel costs, and lost wages. Because many people have health insurance through their jobs they do pay the full  $3000 – $4800 directly, but these cost must affect wages. To read the full report click here.

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