By: Krystle Crossman
When you are overweight and want to get healthy it seems like money is often a very big factor. Healthy food is undoubtedly more expensive than boxed or processed foods. It often doesn’t keep for nearly as long as something from a box or a can either. When you are on the road fast food is often cheaper and more convenient than finding a salad that isn’t loaded with calories. But if you really think about it, in the long run, being overweight will cost you much more than the healthy foods and gym memberships that you are avoiding. Here are some ways that remaining overweight will cost you much more than trying to get healthy:
1. Work – People who are overweight often have more health problems than those who are not. They call out of work more which results in loss of wages. It also results in more changes in the jobs that are held due to being fired after too many call outs. Not only are you losing money from your earnings but you are costing the company that you work for money because they have to find replacements and train new people.
2. Medical Costs – A study from the CDC in 2009 showed that on average someone who is overweight will rack up over $1,400 more per year in medical costs than those who are a healthy weight. This is just from doctor’s visits alone. A more recent study from Cornell University shows the average as double that amount.