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ObesityAccording to 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.

The annual costs for an overweight person are significantly less: $524 for women and $432 for men.

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.

The financial implications of obesity are clear. Patients who have won the battle and  have lost massive amounts of weight should be prepared to invest in plastic surgery procedures that remove the excess skin left behind. Dr. O’Toole explains that abdominoplasty, thigh lift, and arm lift are excellent procedures that help patients to maintain their new body weight. Typically, their body is more shapely and they are more motivated to keep the weight off.