The Cost Of Being Overweight

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on April 20, 2011 · 0 comments

A recent report by George Washington University demonstrated how expensive it is to weigh too much. For an obese woman with a BMI (body mass index) of more than 30, the individual costs are $8,365 a year; for obese men it is $6,518 yearly. These findings show that there is a greater economic impact on women versus men when they weigh too much.

Some of the experts feel these estimates may be low because they do not take into account consumer costs such as clothing, air travel, and automobile or furniture size. Additional costs to provide items needed by those that are very heavy could be significant.

Being able to put a price tag on the cost of obesity may help public policy decisions on how to provide solutions to the growing epidemic of seriously overweight people in the US. Currently annual healthcare costs related to obesity are $147 billion annually and this number will only get bigger as time goes on.

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