A report that was released recently stated that obesity not only makes you look unpleasant but all it takes a toll on your wallet and your health.
George Washington University researchers stated that for a woman the annual cost of being obese is $4,879 and $2,646 for a man.
Meanwhile overweight costs $524 for women and $432 for men. Other problems that make costs mount are employee sick days, short-term disability, lost productivity, the need for extra gasoline and emergency room care.
For women the costs are higher because earlier research show that skinnier women earn more than larger women but for men the case is not so and their income does not depend on their weight.
Obesity also leads to a number of diseases and leads to an early death and the economic value of lost life brings the annual costs up further to $8,365 for women and $6,518 for men.
If the body mass index is 30 and more then one is obese and BMI between 25 and 29 means a person is overweight.
According to the report, due to obesity and at the rate the American population is increasing their weight; approximately 10 per cent of medical costs in America are defined.
The estimate also states that between 16 and 18 per cent of total health care costs, the figure will rise.
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