Monday, August 18, 2008

Five Financial Costs of Obesity

Here is a Newsweek article that lists five major costs of American obesity. The results are compiled from several recent studies and other sources.

1. Lower Wages
2. Less Hours Worked
3. Higher Medical Costs
4. Higher Airfare
5. Less Fuel Economy

The last one seems to be a bit of a stretch. Even several hundred pounds will only slightly affect fuel economy. Over the entire country I suppose this would add up, but any small effect will add up if multiplied by 300 million.

There is another angle, however: larger individuals will no doubt opt for larger vehicles, which in turn does have a significant effect. Also, as the average American increases in size, automakers must continually readjust auto size, thus building larger and larger vehicles to keep up with demand.

Can you think of any other areas where obesity would have added, perhaps hidden, costs?

Read more here, here, and here.


Anonymous said...

It's true, people are getting bigger. There should be more info available on low calorie foods and how to prepare them. Eggplant is a low-cal. veggie. I'm growing one in a container on my deck.

Chief said...

I agree that homegrown vegetables are a great menu choice. It doesn't get much better than that.

Thanks for the comment, 'plantbuddy'.