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5 Ways being Overweight Costs you Money

Have you ever stayed awake at night thinking about how much money your weight is costing you? By losing weight, you can save a lot of money, improve your lifestyle and live a happy life. Also, note that most people judge others based on their external appearance. So, your excess bodyweight is never going to give you an advantage in job interviews, a first date, and in general social situations.


Here are 5 ways being overweight costs you more money and degrades your lifestyle.

1) Transportation costs increase

It’s no secret that being overweight can make you feel lazy and tired all the time. The more fat you are, the more you would want to lay around and be comfortable all the time. So, instead of taking a walk or traveling by public transport, you will spend money on gas to drive around. Not only that, but since the weight being transported in your car is more, it uses up more gas.  Therefore reducing your weight can save you money on gas.

2) More food consumed

Just because your body contains tons of stored fat does not mean you are going to eat less. A human brain does not understand the fact that stored body fat can be used during the time of crisis and have a lot of stored fat means you are good for now. It will keep on sending you signals of hunger even if your body does not need food. So, as an overweight person, you will be spending more money on food and drinks.

3) Life insurance premiums are higher

Obesity is a disease like any other disease. So, life insurance companies consider body weight as a deciding factor for calculating your life insurance premium. Let’s face it. It’s a fact that fat people die early. Mostly due to cardiovascular diseases like heart stroke, heart failure, coronary artery disease, and cardiotoxicity. So, life insurance companies want to make sure that you are healthy and won’t suffer from any diseases in your lifetime. Being fat does not help you convince them that you will remain healthy in the future.

4) Employers may not promote you

Recent research shows that overweight children spend more time sitting ideal and don’t engage in physical activities. The condition gets even worse for an overweight adult. Employers know this fact very well and don’t prefer candidates who are overweight. If you are an overweight person, you will also face problems getting promoted or getting a raise at work.

5) Things wear out faster

Clothes, footwear, and other accessories will suffer from greater wear and tear if you are fat. Your clothes are more likely to stretch more than their allowed limit and eventually tear or wither out. Same goes with footwear. More weight on shoes or sandals will cause the sole to stretch out from all sides. You will have to throw away things before it’s an expiration date and spend money on buying new ones. There are few positives in living this lifestyle. Being overweight is only going to cost you more money.


Being overweight truly does cost you money.  If you are already aware of how being overweight is costing you more money and have tried a lot of ways to lose weight, you can hire a fitness trainer who can guide you through the process of weight loss.

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Erin Thompson

Erin Thompson spent years managing her own blog about budgeting and debt. Because of that, she has great insights not only about managing spending and borrowing but also about running websites profitably. When she's not writing articles for us, she's traveling and looking for new types of wines to try.
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