How Much Is Your Obesity Costing You Per Year?

September 22, 2010

U.S. (ChattahBox Health News) – A new study has been the first to use both direct and indirect data to estimate the average annual cost to those who are obese.

The study was conducted by Professor Avi Dor, Director of Health Economics at George Washington University. With the aid of several colleagues, the group set out to find the consumer cost of obesity, to add to studies that have already shown the medical and work related price tags.

“Existing literature provides information on health- and work-related costs, but with the exception of fuel costs, no published academic research offers insight into consumer-related costs, such as clothing, air travel, automobile size or furniture. Anecdotal evidence suggests these costs could be significant,” Dr. Dor explained.

Women were found to pay an average of $4,879, and men were found to pay less, at around $2,646. When factoring loss of life, the amount raised to $$8,365 for women and $6,518 for men.

The results further underline the need for people to work at losing weight for personal reasons, and Dor hopes that this will provide another reason that will urge the country to start shedding the pounds.


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