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*Health affects wealth. What do you do for exercise? “Recreational” exercise, including gym trips and scheduled runs, constitutes only 4% of the average person’s daily physical exertion. Source

*In 2007, Americans spent approximately $17.7 billion on all over the counter medicines. $1.4 billion of it was on heartburn medicine alone. Source

*The average American visits a doctor 9 times per year, with the average co-pay between $20 to $30 per visit. Source

*Some estimate that by 2018, that obesity related medical expenses will go up to $344 billion, closer to 21 percent of all healthcare spending. If you break down that price tag, obese Americans pay $1,429 a year more in medical costs than someone who has a BMI below 25; that’s 42% higher healthcare costs for an individual.

*The the average cost for a private room in a nursing facility was more than $75,000 a year in 2010.

*Obese employees are more likely to be absent from work as a result of illness or injury than normal-weight employees. $1,000 to $6,000 in added cost per year for each obese employee. Total cost of obesity to U.S. employers — including lost productivity — at $73 billion a year. Source

*Nearly 1 billion additional gallons of fuel are consumed annually because of average-passenger weight increases since 1960.

*More than 30 percent of American workers are overweight and have one or more chronic health problems. Source

*A Gallup survey says that U.S. workers with weight and health issues miss more than 450 million days of work each year. Source

*A Harvard study zeroed in on the dangers of what you eat. According to the study, French fries, alone, on any regular basis, led to an average weight gain of 3.4 pounds in each four year period. Also on the pound laden list were potato chips (1.7 pounds), red meats and processed meats (.95 pounds) all forms of potatoes (.57 pounds), sugar-sweetened drinks (1 pound) fried foods (.32 pounds), refined grains (.39 pounds), sweets and desserts (.41 pounds), and butter (.3 pounds). Source

*From “The Real Cost of Living: Making the Best Choices for You, Your Life, and Your Money” by personal finance expert Carmen Wong Ulrich: Add together the higher annual costs of health care and medication ($1,429), wage discrimination ($2,500), travel costs (a conservative $25), and other lifestyle costs such as mobility and clothing ($2,500), and the cost of being overweight is around $6,454 a year, or $538 a month. Over a lifetime (40 adult years), that's more than $258,000. Source

*A 2010 George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services study estimated the overall cost of obesity, including the value of years lost to premature death, at $8,365 a year for obese women and $6,518 a year for obese men. Source

*35.3% of adults earning less than $15,000 per year were obese compared with 24.5% of adults earning $50,000 or more per year. Source

*People with diabetes have medical costs that are 2.3 times higher than those without the disease. Source

*From Balanced-Healthy-Diet.com: As soon as you start eating unhealthy food, you increase your risk of developing health conditions. If you are purchasing and eating unhealthy food, there is...
-a 35% chance you are already dishing out over $1,400 dollars a year on medical costs.
-a 68% chance you are overweight and paying 11 to 26% more out-of-pocket healthcare costs than if you were purchasing and eating healthy food.
-a 68% chance you are overweight and earning 1 to 6 percent less than non-overweight people in same position.16
-a high probability that you are one of the 57 million people with an onset of diabetes which can lead to 2.3 times higher medical costs and $2,000 more in hospital stays.
-a risk of you being or becoming 1 out of 3 people with a cardiovascular disease which can lead to over $121,000 over 20 years. Balanced-Healthy-Diet.com

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