Being Fat Costs Money
Being overweight isn’t just bad for your health, but also for your bank account. As the NY Times points out, extra pounds mean extra costs. In fact, the additional weight related costs can amount to tens of thousands of dollars over the span of a lifetime. Just think about what you could do with this kind of money.
These extra expenses involve higher health insurance premiums and medical costs. For instance, a heart attack can cost you over $40,000. Other complications which are due to obesity or being overweight may also cost you 5-digit sums. As the article showed, obese people accumulate less wealth over their lifetime. Sometime, it can be about 50% less than thin people.
Make More Money
The NY Times article also pointed out that overweight people find it harder to get hired for work and may miss out on promotions. This also contributes to their inability to accumulate as much wealth as thin people do.
An interesting article which I read on the Wall Street Journal website paints a slightly more complex picture. It seems that women and men are treated differently.
The article discusses a number of studies which show that very thin women make more money than those of regular weight. As women become heavier, their pay tends to decrease. It seems that employers tend to judge women based on the ideal image portrayed on magazines which exemplifies very thin models.
For men, the situation is different. Thin men, those whose weight is less than average, tend to make less money than those of average weight. However, men who are slightly overweight tend to make even more money. This means that men can, once again, get away with being somewhat overweight.
However, this also has a limit as obese men tend to make less money as well.
Fat People May Find It Hard To Be Elected President
The speculation over the possible run for president of New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, created a barrage of articles and TV segments which discussed whether America was ready to elect a fat president.
While the 27th president, William Howard Taft, was fat, he was elected at a time before Television was invented and before we had a variety of news channels with little to talk about besides wasting our time with this non-issue.
I have to say that I’m ashamed that this was even discussed. It seems to me that if a man is capable of being a popular governor of New Jersey, his prospects for president shouldn’t be discounted due to his weight.
The problem is that it may say something about people in general. We may view fat people as less effective, capable, and may consider their health to be in a shaky condition which prohibits them from holding important office.
As this article points out, Taft was a great president and accomplished much during his term in office. Coincidentally, he later became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the only men to have held this position and the presidency. Not bad for a fat man!
Many people can’t see past prejudice. It’s shameful, it’s disgusting, but that’s the way it is. Losing weight can help the way you’re perceived by other people.
Greater Sex Drive And Stamina
While being thin may make you more sexually appealing, it may also help you in the bedroom itself. Certain conditions which are associated with being overweight can damage a person’s sex drive and performance. As this WebMD article shows, diabetes, high cholesterol and other weight related issues may damage one’s libido.
In addition, being overweight can cause some psychological issues regarding personal body perception. This doesn’t have to happen – it shouldn’t happen – because sex is about more than your body shape and weight.
What losing weight and improving fitness can give you is higher stamina, more energy, and a greater desire to have wonderful sex with your partner. If this isn’t enough to get you to lose weight, I don’t know what is.
Active Hobbies, Playing With Your Kids
I remember how my Dad used to play soccer with me when I was younger. You can’t be obese and do that. Kids have tremendous energy. It’s hard enough to keep up with them. The heavier you are, the harder it will be. Lose weight and you can do more with your children.
The same can be said about various active hobbies like rock climbing, hiking, etc. These things may not interest you, specifically, but they show that losing weight can give you more possibilities and allow you to enjoy more active hobbies and activities. This can make your life richer.
Losing weight is not all about looks. It’s not about health either. These two things are vastly important, but they’re not the full picture. Being in the normal weight range and being physically active can make your life better in a variety of ways. Who knows… you might even get elected President of the United States.