How Much Does Being Fat Cost Us?


Recently, George Washington University released the first ever study to list the specific costs of being overweight and obese. They say it’s the first study ever to do so! Obesity is a major issue for our nation, so I combined the study’s findings with other research to try to give a picture of the true cost of being obese:

As you can see, these are no small numbers. $2646 for men and $4879 for women annually. Thats enough to fund a retirement account or buy all your groceries or go on 2 or 3 vacations! Really makes you reconsider that 80 cent supersize doesn’t it?

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4 Responses to How Much Does Being Fat Cost Us?

  1. Simon Jester says:

    Given that the very *first* “fact” on this page is completely wrong (BMI is *not* a direct measurement of percentage of body fat, while a normal BMI is not 18-25 but 20-25) the rest of this article – including the asserted “costs of obesity” – can only be regarded as highly suspect.

    • Austin Palmer says:

      It’s an infographic, Simon. Isn’t the definition close enough? BMI is defined as human body fat based on an individual’s weight and height. For the purposes of this infographic, isn’t that close enough?

  2. vegasguy says:

    Sorry Simon, the numbers are correct. Normal is 18.5 to 24.9… http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/index.html

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