Friday, August 26, 2011

Stay thin to pad your bank account

Now that swim suit season is almost over, I thought I'd bring you some fresh motivation to keep eating healthy and exercising over the winter. So when you're thinking about having a dinner of chocolate chip cookies or another serving of some heavy comfort food in cold, dark December keep these stats in mind:
  • The typical female baby boomer earned $313.70 less annually for every one-point increase in her B.M.I., while the typical male earned $161.30 less for every point. NY Times
  • The annual cost of being obese is $4,879 for a woman and $2,646 for a man. US News
  • When you add in the value of lost life the cost rises to $8,365 for women and $6,518 for men. US News
  • Just being overweight costs $524 for women and $432 for men. US News
  • Researchers have found that weight bias is as strong as or stronger than racial bias. NY Times
  • Two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, and childhood obesity has tripled in the past three decades. Nearly 18% of adolescents now are obese, facing a future of diabetes, heart disease and other ailments. USA Today
  •  Medical spending averages $1,400 more a year for the obese than normal-weight people. USA Today 
  • Studies suggest larger women earn less than skinnier women, while wages don't differ when men pack on the pounds.  MSNBC
  • Overweight people spend more on food, gas, and health care, but earn less and take more sick days. US News
  • Nearly 1 billion additional gallons of gasoline (3.8 billion liters) are used every year because of increases in car passengers' weight since 1960. MSNBC
  • For a very thin woman, putting on 30 more pounds can mean a loss of $15,574 a year in salary.  NY Post
So keep up all that healthy eating and exercise you've been doing this summer (or start).  Keeping in shape is not only good for your health, but also your wallet.

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  1. Great motivation! Our financial health is clearly linked to our physical health.

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  3. Good health should not be seasonal! Living in California, winter does not last very long. Unfortunately, I work in a profession (Teacher) where everyone's earnings is based on a table. So I miss out on some of those incentives, although I don't need them.

  4. Great post - I enjoy finding new ways to save money. Way to think outside the box!

  5. WOW whilst it makes a huge (excuse the pun) amount of sense, I had no idea quite how far the relationship between money and weight truly goes.

    "For a very thin woman, putting on 30 more pounds can mean a loss of $15,574 a year in salary"- that's remarkable.