LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Being overweight or obese can cost you more than good health, it’s also hitting your wallet hard.
According to a study by George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services, the annual costs of being obese are $4,879 for a woman and $2,646 for a man.READ MORE: Original 'SNL' Cast Member Laraine Newman Sits For 2nd Day Of Testimony In Durst Trial
The annual costs for an overweight person are significantly less: $524 for women and $432 for men.READ MORE: 70-Year-Old Woman With Dementia Reported Missing Near Gardena
Salary and lost wages and medical costs are cited as the main expense of obesity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, overweight people are determined by a body mass index (BMI) of 25 – 29.9. Obesity is measured by a BMI of 30 plus. The GWU study found an overweight woman spends $524 more per year while men spend an additional $432 when compared to their normal counterparts with a BMI of 18.5 – 24.9.MORE NEWS: Florida Condo Collapse: At Least 1 Dead, 99 Unaccounted For; 55 Units Involved In Catastrophe
The study finds that more than 60% of the United States is overweight or obese. They predict that by 2030, half of the American population will be obese.