Obesity in America
The Price of Being Overweight
Between skyrocketing insurance premiums, medical expenses, and lower pay, being overweight certainly comes at a price—but just how much does it cost to carry around extra pounds? (Search: No cost workouts) For women, being obese may cost $4,879 per year, according to George Washington University researchers who conducted a review of 94 studies last year. Compounded over 20 years, that’s close to $100,000 that could have been put toward retirement. Men pay a slightly lower price thanks to higher relative pay, but their bank accounts take a hit as well, to the tune of $2,626 annually. To understand where all that money’s going, we took a look at the research, spoke with experts, and crunched the numbers. Here’s what we found.