Why Losing Weight at Any Age Can Save You Up to $30,000

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Source:  NBC News


There are numerous benefits to maintaining a healthy weight, but what if we thought about these benefits not just in terms of our lifestyle, but also in terms of our bank accounts? A new study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health approached the topic with this very question in mind.

Researchers looked at the costs associated with obesity (considering both direct medical costs as well as work productivity losses) and calculated how those expenses play out over a lifetime. Here’s an example: Say you’re 40 years old and have obesity (a BMI of 30.0 or higher). If you drop enough pounds to then qualify as overweight (a BMI of 25.0 to under 30) you stand to save an average of $18,262. If you get down to what is medically classified as a normal weight (a BMI ranging between 18.5 to under 25), you could save nearly twice as much: $31,447. While your savings values peak at the age of 50 (amounting to as much as $36,278), the study found that losing weight at any age, even beyond 80 years old can save you money.

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